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From Little League to the Sharks, to every high school sport.

Little League pening ceremony, 2014. — Ralph Stewart

We’ve organized these by sport, and listed all home events by date. For more detailed information, and for away games, check the websites listed with each sport. Please comment with any additions.

High School Varsity Sports

Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) miaa.net

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School mvrhs.org

For updated schedules: miaa.net/schools/public/MartOa

For additional information: Vineyarders Sports Page on Facebook

*Eastern Athletic Conference games in bold

Baseball

*All home games at Vineyard Baseball Park

Monday, April 20

MVRHS vs. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Tech, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, April 29

MVRHS vs Bishop Stang, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 13

MVRHS vs Coyle and Cassidy, 3:15 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs Bourne, 3:15 pm


Boys Lacrosse
(all games at Dan McCarthy Field)

Friday, April 17

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 pm

Tuesday, April 28

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3 pm

Thursday, May 7

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3 pm

Saturday, May 9

MVRHS vs. Nauset Regional, 3 pm

Thursday, May 14

MVRHS vs. Fairhaven, 3 pm

Thursday, May 28

MVRHS vs Dennis-Yarmouth, 3 pm

Girls Lacrosse (all games at Dan McCarthy Field)

Saturday, May 9

MVRHS vs. Nauset Regional, 1 pm

Tuesday, May 12

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs Falmouth, 4 pm

Wednesday, May 20

MVRHS vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 3 pm

Friday, May 22

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3 pm

Monday, May 25

MVRHS vs. Norton, 11:30 am

Girls and Boys Outdoor Track and Field (home dual meets and post-season)

Wednesday, April 29

MVRHS vs. Somerset Berkley, 3 pm

Sunday, May 17

Division 4 Relays @ Bellingham High School

Wednesday, May 20

Eastern Athletic Conference Meet @ Bishop Feehan (Attleboro)

Sunday, May 31

Division 4 Meet @ Norwell High School

Saturday, June 6

MIAA All-State Meet @ Fitchburg State University

Softball

Thursday, April 30

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 4

MVRHS vs. Madison Park Vocational Tech, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 6

MVRHS vs. Somerset Berkley, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Falmouth, 4 pm

Thursday, May 14

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 18

MVRHS vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 20

MVRHS vs. Bourne, 3:15 pm

Boys Tennis

Wednesday, April 29

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3 pm

Saturday, May 9

MVRHS vs. Nauset Regional, 3 pm

Wednesday, May 13

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3 pm

Girls Tennis

Friday, April 17

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3 pm

Tuesday, April 28

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 pm

Wednesday, May 6

MVRHS vs. Somerset Berkley, 3 pm

Thursday, May 7

MVRHS vs. Barnstable, 3 pm

Saturday, May 9

MVRHS vs. Nauset Regional, 1 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs. Falmouth, 4 pm

Saturday, May 23

MVRHS vs. Pope John Paul II, 12:30 pm

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Varsity Sailing

For full schedule:

sailmv.org/programs/marthas-vineyard-regional-high-school-varsity-sailing-team/

New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA) nessa.hssailing.org/

(home meets and qualifiers plus Herreschoff, Mark Trophy, Trek Trophy)

Saturday, April 25

O’Day qualifiers @ Tabor Academy (Marion); arrival between 8:30-8:45 am

Sunday, April 26

O’Day finals @ St. George’s (Newport, R.I.); top three finish needed from qualifiers.

Thursday, April 30

Chatham @ MVRHS

Saturday, May 9

Herreschoff Trophy (Women’s New England Championship) Site to be determined; (Vineyard must first qualify)

Monday, May 11

Sandwich @ MVRHS

Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16

Women’s New England Championships @ Nantucket; 3 pm arrival (overnight)

Saturday, May 16

Mark Trophy (New England Team Racing Championship) @ Hyannis Yacht Club

Trek Trophy @ SailMaine, Portland, Maine

Sunday, May 17

Mark Trophy (New England Team Racing Championship) @ Hyannis Yacht Club

Trek Trophy @ SailMaine, Portland, Maine

Saturday, May 30

(Tentative) Cape and Islands Fleet and Team Races @ Barnstable/Dennis-Yarmouth

JUNIOR VARSITY SPORTS (home games)

Eastern Athletic Conference games in bold.

Baseball

Monday, April 20

MVRHS vs. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Tech, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, April 29

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 13

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3:15 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs. Bourne, 3:15 pm

Boys Lacrosse

Friday, April 17

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 4:30 pm

Tuesday, April 28

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 4:30 pm

Thursday, May 7

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 4:30 pm

Thursday, May 14

MVRHS vs. Fairhaven, 4:30 pm

Girls Lacrosse

Tuesday, May 12

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 4:30 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs. Falmouth, 5:30 pm

Wednesday, May 20

MVRHS vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 4:30 pm

Friday, May 22

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 4:30 pm

Softball

Thursday, April 30

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 4

MVRHS vs. Madison Park Vocational Tech, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 6

MVRHS vs. Somerset Berkley, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Falmouth, 4 pm

Thursday, May 14

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 18

MVRHS vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 20

MVRHS vs. Bourne, 3:15 pm

YOUTH SPORTS

MARTHA’S VINEYARD YOUTH SOCCER

mvsoccer.org

South Coast Soccer League Spring Schedule 2015

southcoastsoccer.org

Home matches (all played at Veterans Park, Vineyard Haven)

MV United Under-18 Women (Division 1)

Saturday, April 18, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Wareham

Sunday, May 3, 3:15 pm

MV United vs. Westport United

Sunday, May 31, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Seekonk

Sunday, June 7, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Yarmouth Dennis

MV United Under-15 Girls (Division 1)

Sunday, April 26, 10 am

MV United vs. Wareham

Sunday, May 3, 1:30 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

Sunday, May 31, 10 am

MV United vs. Mariner

MV United Under-12 Girls (Division 1)

Saturday, April 25, 1:30 pm

MV United vs. Seekonk

Saturday, May 9, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Barnstable (Team 1)

Saturday, May 30, 10:15 am

MV United vs. Mashpee

Saturday, June 13, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

MV United Under-18 Men (Division 1, defending state champions)

Saturday, April 18, 4 pm

MV United vs. Taunton

Sunday, April 26, 1:45 pm

MV United vs. Mashpee

Sunday, May 10, 4 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

Sunday, May 31, 4:30 pm

MV United vs. Fall River

MV United Under-16 Boys (Division 1)

Sunday, April 26, 12 pm

MV United vs. Nantucket

Sunday, May 17, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Westport United

Sunday, May 31, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Taunton

Sunday, June 14, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

MV United Under-13 Boys (Division 1)

Saturday, April 25, 3 pm

MV United vs. Dighton-Rehoboth Strikers

Saturday, May 16, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Sandwich

Saturday, May 30, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Mariner

Saturday, June 13, 10 am

MV United vs. Fall River

MV United Under-12 Boys (Division 1)

Saturday, April 25, 11 am

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

Saturday, May 9, 2:35 pm

MV United vs. Swansea Somerset

Saturday, May 30, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Fall River

Saturday, June 13, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Westport United

MV United Under-10 Boys (Division 2)

Sunday, April 26, 10:45 am

MV United vs. Yarmouth Dennis

Sunday, May 31, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Falmouth

Sunday, June 7, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

Sunday, June 14, 12:30 pm

MV United vs. Nantucket

MARTHA’S VINEYARD YOUTH LACROSSE

Home matches (all played at MVRHS)

MV Under-15 Girls, MV Under-13 Girls

Starting times

U-15 Girls: 12 pm; U-13 Girls: 1:15 pm

Sunday, April 19

Sunday, April 26

Sunday, May 10

Sunday, June 7

MV Under-15 Boys, MV Under-13 Boys, MV Under-11 Boys

Starting times

U-15 Boys: 12 pm; U-13 Boys: 1:30 pm; U-11 Boys: 3 pm

Sunday, April 19

MV vs. Barnstable

Sunday, May 3

MV vs. Kingston

Sunday, May 17

MV vs. Scituate

Sunday, May 31

MV vs. Raynham

MARTHA’S VINEYARD LITTLE LEAGUE

Major League Schedule

All games at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs

mvlittleleague.org

Monday, April 27

Cubs @ Red Sox, 5 pm

Tuesday, April 28

A’s @ Pirates, 5 pm

Wednesday, April 29

Cubs @ Cardinals, 5 pm

Saturday, May 2

Cardinals @ Pirates, 12 pm

A’s @ Red Sox, 2 pm

Red Sox @ Cubs, 4 pm

Monday, May 4

Red Sox @ Pirates, 5 pm

Tuesday, May 5

Cubs @ A’s, 5 pm

Wednesday, May 6

Red Sox @ Cardinals, 5 pm

Saturday, May 9

Pirates @ Red Sox, 12 pm

A’s @ Cubs, 2 pm

Cardinals @ A’s, 4 pm

Monday, May 11

Cardinals @ Red Sox, 5pm

Tuesday, May 12

Pirates @ Cubs, 5 pm

Wednesday, May 13

Red Sox @ A’s, 5 pm

Saturday, May 16

Cubs @ Red Sox, 12 pm

Cardinals @ Pirates, 2 pm

A’s @ Cardinals, 4 pm

Monday, May 18

Cubs @ Pirates, 5 pm

Tuesday, May 19

Pirates @ A’s, 5 pm

Wednesday, May 20

Cardinals @ Cubs, 5 pm

Monday, May 25

Cardinals @ A’s, 5 pm

Tuesday, May 26

Red Sox @ Pirates, 5 pm

Wednesday, May 27

Cubs @ Cardinals, 5 pm

Saturday, May 30

Red Sox @ Cardinals, 12 pm

A’s @ Cubs, 2 pm

Cubs @ Pirates, 4 pm

Monday, June 1

Cubs @ A’s, 5 pm

Tuesday, June 2

Pirates @ Cardinals

Wednesday, June 3

A’s @ Red Sox

Saturday, June 6

A’s @ Cardinals, 12 pm

Pirates @ Cubs, 2 pm

Pirates @ Red Sox, 4 pm

Monday, June 8

Pirates @ A’s, 5 pm

Tuesday, June 9

Red Sox @ Cubs, 5 pm

Wednesday, June 10

Pirates @ Cardinals, 5 pm

Saturday, June 13

A’s @ Pirates, 12 pm

Cardinals @ Red Sox, 2 pm

Cardinals @ Cubs, 4 pm

End of Regular Season

Monday, June 15

Playoffs begin

Saturday, June 20 @ Veira Park, Oak Bluffs. (Times TBD)

Major and Minor League Championship games

MARTHA’S VINEYARD BABE RUTH BASEBALL

Gateway League

Schedules pending; games played from late-April to June

Teams: Martha’s Vineyard Purple (varsity); Martha’s Vineyard Gray (junior varsity); Martha’s Vineyard Black (junior varsity)

leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=gatewaybaberuth

MARTIAL ARTS

Blitz Fitness

Saturday, April 18, 9 am

Annual Island tournament at the Oak Bluffs School. Belt ceremony prior to tournament.

Facebook: Blitz Fitness

ADULT SUMMER SOFTBALL
Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Softball League

Teams: Mama’s Girls (defending champions), Creamers, Honeys, Rug Sox, Shady Ladies, Snaps

2015 schedule to be determined

Games are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from mid-June to late-August.

Tuesday games at Veterans Park, Vineyard Haven

Field A, 6 pm, 7:30 pm

Field B, 6 pm

Thursday games

Field B, Veterans Park, 6 pm

West Tisbury School (likely), 6 pm

For player registration or more infornation, call commissioners Jen Ingraham at 508-560-0868 or Sam Burns at 561-596-5594.

Facebook: MVwomens softball

Island Softball League (ISL) June 2015 schedule

Teams: Hurricanes (defending champions), Blazers, Brewhas, Gustav, Highlanders, Sons of Pitches, Whitecaps, Wildcats

Season runs from June 1 to late-August

All games at Veterans Park, Vineyard Haven, Field A

Monday June 1

Gustav @ Whitecaps, 6 pm

Shockers @ Floaters, 7:15 pm

Highlanders @ Hurricanes, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 3

Brewhas @ Highlanders, 6 pm

Whitecaps @ Wildcats, 7:15 pm

Gustav @ Blazers, 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 4

Hurricanes @ Floaters, 6 pm

Blazers @ Brewhas, 7:15 pm

Wildcats @ Shockers, 8:30 pm

Monday, June 8

Blazers @ Wildcats, 6 pm

Brewhas @ Gustav, 7:15 pm

Highlanders @ Whitecaps, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 10

Floaters @ Gustav, 6 pm

Hurricanes @ Blazers, 7:15 pm

Shockers @ Brewhas, 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 11

Whitecaps @ Shockers, 6 pm

Floaters @ Highlanders, 7:15 pm

Wildcats @ Hurricanes, 8:30 pm

Monday, June 15

Gustav @ Shockers, 6 pm

Blazers @ Highlanders, 7:15 pm

Brewhas @ Floaters, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 17

Highlanders @ Wildcats, 6 pm

Shockers @ Hurricanes, 7:15 pm

Whitecaps @ Blazers, 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 18

Whitecaps @ Brewhas, 6 pm

Wildcats @ Floaters, 7:15 pm

Hurricanes @ Gustav, 8:30 pm

Monday, June 22

Hurricanes @ Brewhas, 6 pm

Gustav @ Wildcats, 7:15 pm

Blazers @ Floaters, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 24

Floaters @ Whitecaps, 6 pm

Shockers @ Blazers, 7:15 pm

Highlanders @ Gustav, 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 25

Shockers @ Highlanders, 6 pm

Whitecaps @ Hurricanes, 7:15 pm

Brewhas @ Wildcats, 8:30 pm

Monday, June 29

Blazers @ Gustav, 6 pm

Highlanders @ Brewhas, 7:15 pm

Wildcats @ Whitecaps, 8:30 pm

For more information, contact league commissioners Dan Sharkovitz at 508-560-6427 or Ray Tattersall at 508-560-1749

COLLEGIATE WOODEN BAT SUMMER BASEBALL

Martha’s Vineyard Sharks

mvsharks.com

Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)

thefuturesleague.com

Season runs from early June to mid-August. All home games at Vineyard Baseball Park “The Shark Tank” in Oak Bluffs.

Sharks home schedule June 2015:

Home/season opener: Thursday, June 4 at 7 pm vs North Shore (Lynn) Navigators

Sunday, June 7 vs. Brockton Rox, 6 pm

Tuesday, June 9 vs. Bristol (Conn.) Blues, 7 pm

Friday, June 12 vs. Nashua (N.H.) Silver Knights, 7 pm

Saturday, June 13 vs. Wachusett (Leominster) Dirt Dawgs, 7 pm

Tuesday, June 16 vs. Pittsfield Suns, 7 pm

Thursday, June 18 vs. Seacoast (Portsmouth, N.H.) Mavericks, 7 pm

Saturday, June 20 vs. Worcester Bravehearts, 7 pm

Wednesday, June 24 vs. Torrington (Conn.) Titans, 7 pm

Thursday, June 25 vs. North Shore Navigators, 7 pm

Friday, June 26 vs. Worcester Bravehearts, 7 pm

Saturday, June 27 vs. Seacoast Mavericks, 7 pm

FISHING

mvrodandgunclub.com

Saturday, May 9

Annual Kids Trout Derby, Duarte’s Pond, West Tisbury, 5:30-9 am

Saturday, May 30 (evening) to Sunday, May 31 (morning)

Annual Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch and Release tournament

HOLMES HOLE SAILING

holmeshole.org

Sunday, June 14

Tune-Up race, 12 pm

Thursday, June 18

Evening race, 6 pm

Sunday, June 21

Vineyard Sound race, 12 pm

Starting June 28, two races each Sunday (morning and afternoon); plus Thursday evenings.

RUNNING

Sunday, May 24, 10:30 am

22nd Annual Oak Bluffs Memorial Day 5K run and walk, benefiting Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard.

TENNIS

Airport Fitness and Tennis

airportfitnessmv.com/tennis

508-696-8000

Vineyard Youth Tennis

vineyardyouthtennis.org

508-693-7762
GOLF

Edgartown Golf Club

edgartowngolfclub.com

508-627-5343

Farm Neck Golf Club

www.farmneck.net

508-693-3560

Mink Meadows Golf Club

www.minkmeadowsgc.com

508-693-0600

Vineyard Golf Club

www.vineyardgolf.com

508-627-8930

GYMNASTICS

Island Gymnastics Training School

508-693-8358

Facebook: Island Gymnastics on Martha’s Vineyard

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The deciding goal came in the last two minutes of the game Saturday at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School field.

Wayman Harrison eludes a Whaler at mid-field. Photo by Ralph Stewart.

Spencer Schofield scored with two minutes remaining in regulation to cap a three-goal rally as Martha’s Vineyard overturned a 6-4 deficit and beat the Nantucket Whalers, 7-6, Saturday at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.

With the big win over their arch-rivals, the Vineyarders improved to 2-1.

Trailing 4-2 midway through the third quarter, Nantucket scored four unanswered goals to put the

Spencer Schofield tries to escape the clutches of two Nantucket defenders late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 7-6 Vineyard win.
Spencer Schofield tries to escape the clutches of two Nantucket defenders late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 7-6 Vineyard win.

Vineyarders on the ropes with under five minutes to play.

Ben Clark started the Vineyard comeback with his second goal of the game, cutting the margin to 6-5. Mike Morris ripped a shot through goal-mouth traffic to tie the score with three minutes left and Spencer Schofield followed up in short order with the game-winner.

Greg McCarron locks sticks with a Nantucket foe. Photo by Ralph Stewart.
Greg McCarron locks sticks with a Nantucket foe. Photo by Ralph Stewart.

The Vineyarders protected the precious lead, chewing up the remaining clock with stellar work behind the Whaler net.

Ben Clark scored two goals and won six loose balls. Greg McCarron had two goals and an assist to go with five loose balls won. Spencer Schofield scored twice, while Mike Morris finished with a goal and an assist. Austin Chandler chalked up two assists and Jack Garrett had one.

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Team Purple wins House Mite event.

The Travel Mites, Liam Conley, Jackson Burgoyne, Michael Perry, Chase Toomey, Izzie Blake, Jonah Saunier, Savannah Meader, Frankie Paciello, Cal D'Arcy, Nathan Averill, Luke Silvia and Cole Lambert, as well as coaches Ben Retmier and Jack D'Arcy. – Photo courtesy of Heather Quinn

Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey’s youngest players had their first opportunity to participate in tournament play last weekend at the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena in the 27th annual Red Kennedy Tournament.

The Travel Mites faced off with the Tri-County Saints (Mansfield), the Minuteman Lady Flames (Marlborough), and the Greater Providence Bears in full-ice action. The Vineyard team’s tenacious play carried them into the championship game Sunday morning. In the final, MV persevered throughout, but lost to Tri-County 3-2 in sudden-death overtime.

Meanwhile, the Vineyard’s four House Mite teams played fast-paced and spirited cross-ice games throughout the weekend. Team Purple ultimately came out victorious.

 

 

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MVRHS track and field athletes dominate the top positions on a chilly day in Oak Bluffs.

Race winner Patrick Best leads the way by a stride at the start. – Photo by Ralph Stewart
Mr. Best topped the field with eight seconds to spare.
Mr. Best topped the field with eight seconds to spare.

Patrick Best of Vineyard Haven was first to the finish line Sunday morning in a brisk and breezy 17th annual Ocean View St. Patrick’s Dayish 5K Run and Walk in Oak Bluffs. The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sophomore clocked in at 19:54, eight seconds clear of race runner-up and MVRHS track teammate Daniel Gaines of Edgartown.

MVRHS freshman runner Rose Engler of Oak Bluffs was the women’s winner and finished ninth overall with a time of 22:43.

Women's winner Rose Engler was all smiles at the finish line.
Women’s winner Rose Engler was all smiles at the finish line.

Nearly 100 hardy souls braved temperatures in the low 30’s and a stiff breeze to navigate the East Chop 5K course. Proceeds from the race benefited the MVRHS track and field and cross-country teams.

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Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls varsity coach Maureen Hill of Edgartown was chosen last week for induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Ms. Hill received the honor based on a stellar record of achievement as a player at Winthrop High School and Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. She is a hall of famer at both schools. The induction ceremony for the Class of 2015 is scheduled for August 8 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Ms. Hill first learned of the news via telephone, and said she was shocked. “I was in disbelief,” she said. “I asked them if they had the right person.”

The Vineyard coach will join some impressive company in the hall, including Celtics great Bob Cousy, UConn’s Jim Calhoun and Rebecca Lobo, Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard, Togo Palazzi of Holy Cross, and Providence College star Ernie DiGregorio.

Ms. Hill first starred at Winthrop High School, becoming the first girl to score 1,000 points. She scored 45 points in one game versus Marblehead, and helped lead the Vikings to an Eastern Mass. Division Two title and a 23-1 record. She was subsequently named All-Scholastic Player of the Year by the Boston Globe.

At Lafayette, Ms. Hill holds several school records, including most points: 1,813 (career) and 626 (season); scoring average: 15.8 (career) and 20.9 (season); field goals: 690 (career) and 232 (season); and free throws: 433 (career) and 162 (season).

Earlier this month, Ms. Hill completed her first year as Martha’s Vineyard varsity girls head coach, leading the Vineyarders to an 18-5 record and the MIAA Division Three South Sectional semifinals. Her previous coaching experience included eight seasons of Vineyard girls travel basketball and five seasons as head coach of the MVRHS girls junior varsity team.

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Juniors and seniors teamed up, and Spain reigned in an Island-style Davis Cup.

Molly Pogue readies for a forehand volley as her partner Bruce Merrill stands ready. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

Tennis players young and old paired off Sunday in a brace of new events at Airport Fitness and Tennis (AFT) in West Tisbury.

A junior/senior event, matched the hard serves and biting topspin of five talented 12-year-olds with the finesse and craft of five players ages 60 to 80. The junior players included club regulars Molly, Paige, and Spencer Pogue, Hannah Rabasca, and Max Soll, a Minnesota resident who takes lessons at AFT when he’s in town. Leo McHugh, Bruce Merrill, Steve Pogue, Chuck Scott, and Bruce Llewellyn served it up for the seniors.

Each senior took a junior partner and played the other teams in a round-robin format. Each match proved to be well balanced and competitive, with Bruce Merrill summing up the tourney as “most enjoyable, and something we should repeat.” The club plans to hold another junior/senior event in the near future.

Tony Omer chases down a shallow shot and scoops the ball back across the net. – Photo by Ralph Stewart
Tony Omer chases down a shallow shot and scoops the ball back across the net. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

At the conclusion of the opening round of matches, Hannah Rabasca stayed on and joined seven adult players in an AFT version of the international Davis Cup, pitting Team Spain against Team Switzerland. Club owner Connie McHugh coached the Swiss team, comprising Lucia Hayman, Hannah Rabasca, Gavin Franklin, and Tony Omer. AFT pro Sean Pease coached “Spaniards” Mary Breslauer, Penny Franklin, Darren Belisle, and Paul Ulyatt. The teams competed in women’s, men’s, and mixed doubles.

Spain reigned on the day, winning 4-0. Mary Breslauer and Penny Franklin prevailed over Lucia Hayman and Hannah Rabasca in women’s doubles, 8-1. Spain took a 2-0 lead as Darren Belisle and Paul Ulyatt defeated Gavin Franklin and Tony Omer 9-4.

The teams played two tight matches in mixed doubles. Tony Omer and Hannah Rabasca used an effective serve-and-volley game, but fell to Paul Ulyatt and Penny Franklin. Darren Belisle and Mary Breslauer closed out the tourney with a win over Lucia Hayman and Gavin Franklin.

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Jared Regan of Oak Bluffs hustles to bump the ball back to teammate Allyse Guyther.

The Tisbury Tigers improved to 2-0 with a four-set interscholastic volleyball win over host Oak Bluffs Tuesday afternoon. The Blazers took the first set, but the Tigers roared back to win the final three.

Peter Burke returns an Oak Bluffs serve with Tisbury teammate Sam Cranston ready to assist.
Peter Burke returns an Oak Bluffs serve with Tisbury teammate Sam Cranston ready to assist.

Oak Bluffs started well. Allyse Guyther won seven straight points on serve to stake Oak Bluffs to an early 7-0 lead in the first set. The Blazers kept the margin intact to win 25-18. The Cottage City dwellers carried their fine form into the second set, and led 13-9. Enter Peter Burke, who served for nine straight Tisbury points as the Tigers seized the momentum and evened the match with a 25-20 win in set two.

Tisbury jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the third set, and held on to win 25-21. Doug Norton was tough at the net for the Tigers. Sam Cranston was the difference in the final set, serving up nine winning points as Tisbury closed out the match with a 25-17 win.

In other action on Tuesday, the Edgartown Eagles evened their record at 1-1 by defeating West Tisbury (1-1) three sets to one.

The season began on March 12. Tisbury defeated Edgartown in four sets, while West Tisbury swept Oak Bluffs 25-17, 25-21, 25-11.

Jasselle Wildanger fights off a tough serve.
Jasselle Wildanger fights off a tough serve.

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Champs scorch net with 18 treys en route to the title.

The 2014-15 RCBL champion Heat. Seated in front, from left: Cody Brewer, Matt Gebo; back row, from left: Tim Scott, Sandy Fisher, Steve Handy, Lucas Brewer, Nick Viera. –Photos by Ralph Stewart

The Heat outlasted the Bulls 117-108 in overtime to complete a two-game sweep of the RCBL (Robin and Corley Basketball League) championship series Monday night at the Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown. Steve Handy poured in 32 points, and the Heat scorched the net with 18 three-pointers to earn their third title in five seasons.

The Bulls led much of the way, but Cody Brewer sank a clutch trey in the final two minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime with the score tied at 105-105.

Tim Scott, left, of the Heat breaks to the basket, guarded by John Neto.
Tim Scott, left, of the Heat breaks to the basket, guarded by John Neto.

The Heat had all the answers in the extra period. Sharpshooter Tim Scott, playing in his final RCBL game, drained a three just after the opening tip. Heat captain Sandy Fisher then stole the ball, dashed over center court, and fed Steve Handy with a deft behind-the-back pass to set up the clinching basket. Lucas Brewer followed with his sixth three-pointer of the game to provide crucial insurance, and the Heat closed out the championship with four points from the charity stripe.

The second game of the best-of-three series was a classic from start to finish. Each team opened the game with a pair of treys. The Heat hit five of them in the first quarter, but the Bulls dominated the offensive glass and closed out the period on top 27-21.

The Bulls increased their lead to 56-48 by halftime, thanks to a monster performance by Luke Bettencourt. The Bulls forward scored 14 of his team-high 27 points in the second quarter. When he wasn’t scoring, Bettencourt piled up the rebounds, and consistently drew fouls on his way to the basket.

The Heat clawed their way back in the third period, closing out the quarter on a 12-3 run to lead 85-83. Matt Gebo put the Heat back on top after burrowing through three Bulls defenders in the paint and throwing up an underhanded scoop shot.

John Neto started off the final period with a three to key a 7-0 Bulls run and a 90-85 lead. The teams traded baskets for the next seven minutes, until Luke Bettencourt put the Bulls up 105-98, running the length of the court through the entire Heat defense and scoring on a lay-up. Steve Handy answered with two buckets off the glass to make it 105-102, setting the table for Cody Brewer’s game-tying three.

Tim Scott and Nick Viera both finished with 25 points for the Heat. Lucas Brewer scored 22, and Matt Gebo added 10 more. For the Bulls, John Neto equalled Luke Bettencourt with 27 points. Keyland Gomes had 17, Jared Silvia 16, and John Swan 14.

The thrilling finale was a welcome tonic after a topsy-turvy 2014-15 season. The two-time defending champion Suns disbanded at midseason after an 0-4 start, leaving the top three teams to carry on. The regular season ended at the end of January with the Heat on top at 6-1, followed by the Lakers (5-2) and the Bulls (3-4). Through a storm-filled February, which wreaked havoc with the playoff schedule, the Bulls upset the Lakers two games to one in the first round, setting up a final with the Heat.

Heat take Game 1

The Heat took the opening game of the finals 101-88 on March 2. Steve Handy scored 32 to pace the Heat. Nick Viera had 25, followed by Tim Scott (20) and Lucas Brewer (11). Keyland Gomes totaled 29 for the Bulls. Jared Silvia had 16, Anthony Johnson and Luke Bettencourt scored 14 apiece, and Josh Cotterell had 13.

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The playoff game featured defense over scoring.

Jennifer Worden (left) and Sydney Hamilton put the pressure on Mariah Duarte. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity girls basketball team dream season ended Tuesday. The girls fell to top-seeded Abington, 37-30, in the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional semifinals in a game that highlighted defense over scoring.

The Vineyarders jumped out to an early lead on the strength of a physical defense that held Abington to only one field goal through much of the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter the Vineyard girls led 12-5.

Martha’s Vineyard struggled offensively in the second quarter. After scoring only two points, the Vineyarders saw the lead slip away.

Abington forced several key turnovers and capitalized on their free throw opportunities. By halftime, the Vineyarders trailed 16-14.

Molly deBettencourt made two three-pointers in the third quarter, but that did not stop Abington from its lead and knocking the girls out of the playoffs. Erin Hill finished the game with a team-high 16 points, Molly deBettencourt scored six, and Mariah Duarte had four points.

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Mac Sashin battles with Frank Oftring in front of a sea of Shamrock supporters. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

Updated 12 pm, Monday.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys basketball team handed Bishop Feehan its first Eastern Athletic Conference defeat, 55-48, Friday night in Attleboro. The Vineyarders improved to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the EAC, while the Shamrocks fell to 13-3 and 7-1. If the Vineyarders defeat Bishop Stang Monday, February 16, (4:30 pm tip-off) in Oak Bluffs, they will share the EAC title with Bishop Feehan.

BenPoole takes it to the hole around Bishop Feehan's Peter Luongo.
BenPoole takes it to the hole around Bishop Feehan’s Peter Luongo.

Trailing 29-24 at halftime, M.V. turned the game around with a 14-0 run to start the second half, outscoring the Shamrocks 20-4 in the third quarter. Feehan fought back in the final period but the Vineyarders maintained their poise, protected the basketball, and never relinquished the lead.

With the big win, M.V. atoned for a 72-41 loss to the Shamrocks in Oak Bluffs on Martin Luther King Day.

In Friday’s return meeting, the Vineyarders turned in one of their finest defensive efforts of the season. The Purple ‘D’ was particularly effective at limiting second chance baskets with physical play in the paint.

Tim Roberts led the Vineyarders with 16 points and Alex GordonBeck had 11. Mac Sashin scored 10 points and was a force to be reckoned with at both ends of the court. Cole Houston finished with nine points.

An earlier version of this story stated that the MVRHS boys basketball team would play Bishop Stang on Monday, February 9. That game has been rescheduled to February 16.