Martha's Vineyard Sports Highlights
Irons and woods
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School golf team tied Chatham on the Eastward Ho course in Chatham, Wednesday, 4.5 to 4.5. They tied D/Y at Captains Starboard, in Brewster, Monday, 36-36.
Sam Scott and Luke Pisano lost their first flight matches to Chatham's Ben Gless and Tom Bryce. Best ball points went to Chatham.
In the second flight, Vineyarders Henry Smith and Serel Garvin won their matches and claimed best ball points.
The third flight's best ball was halved.
On Brewster's par 36 course, Henry Smith won in the first flight, Alex Bilzerian in the second, and Grant McCarthy in the third.
Saturday, on Nantucket's par 72 course, the purple putters came in second to Concord-Carlisle in the Cape & Islands Classic tournament. The Patriots' winning score in the nine-team tourney was 340. The Vineyarders total was 358, followed by Cape Cod Academy (388), Chatham (395), Nantucket (405), Mashpee (406), Cape Tech (417), Harwich (426) and Sturgis (473).
Scramble at the Meadow
The 20th annual Howard W. Leonard Golf Scramble, a benefit for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Martha's Vineyard, was Sunday, Sept. 21, sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank and Mink Meadows Golf Club.
After breakfast provided by the Black Dog Café, 46 golfers began play. The winning team of Bob Wheeler, Patti, Ray, and Brett Leighton, posted a score of 60.37. George Santos Jr., Jim Geary, Bob Ogden, and Liz Fox were a close second - couldn't be closer - at 60.39. Finishing third with 62.25 were Joe Forte, Mike Lynch, Chris Boyle, and Connie O'Doherty.
The longest drives of the day prizes went to Karen Kukolich and Dick Stone. Closest to the pin competition was won by Gary Cook.
Lunch was provided by Tea Lane Caterers. Chet Nowack was chief coordinator of the day.
Big Brothers - Big Sisters is actively searching for adult mentors and program volunteers. Call 508-696-5497 to learn more.
A purple surge
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School cross-country teams ran away with their meet at Diman Vocational in Fall River, Friday. The Martha's Vineyard boys won handily, 20 - 42.
Diman's Sam Benoit was the first to complete the 2.55-mile course, in 13:18. The next six runners wore purple, paced by (2) Mark Reppert, 13:33; (3) Will Nevin, 13:59; (4) Max Conley, 14:20; (5) Forrest Harcourt, 14:33; (6) Anthony Piland, 13:44; and (7) David Flanders, 14:44. Robbie Osmers came in ninth at 14:52.
The Martha's Vineyard girls win was a sweep as all of the first five finishers were Islanders: (1) Megan Dreyer, 15:56; (2) Shivonne Schofield, 16:34; (3) Ellie Hehre, 17:02 ; (4) Kim Carlomagno, 17:10; and (5) Sarah Flanders, 18:12.
Caitlin Serpa, 18:17, Julia Sadowski, 19:09, and Emily Smith, 19:17, filled the 6, 8, and 9 spots.
On Wednesday the Vineyard boys team swept Southeastern on the 5K course at Easton, 15-46. Finishing first through fifth for Martha's Vineyard and running like a purple phalanx, were (1) Willie Nevin, 18:16; (2) Mark Reppert, 18:21; (3) Max Conley, 18:29; (4) Forrest Harcourt, 18:40; and (5) Anthony Piland, 18:45.
Both girls and boys teams swept their meets at Taunton's 2.75-mile course versus Bristol Plymouth, Tuesday. Megan Dreyer led the girls at 17:46. Mark Reppert paced the boys at 15:03. Fourteen of the first 15 runners to complete the course wore purple.
Both Martha's Vineyard teams are unbeaten in dual meets. The girls are 6-0. The boys are 7-0.
Birdies for Baseball, a golf tournament o support the new baseball field at the high school, tees off at Mink Meadows, Sunday, with a shotgun start at 8:30 am.
To register, call Mink Meadows, 508-693-0600. To volunteer, call Doug Reese, 508-696-3704. $90 registration includes Continental breakfast and lunch.
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School football squad defeated a spunky Holbrook-Avon eleven, Friday afternoon at Holbrook, 28-14. Quarterback Mike McCarthy led the Islanders to a 21-6 lead at the half with scoring runs from 20, 2, 6 yards out.
The Bulldogs edged closer with a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the third quarter to make it 21-14, but the Islanders answered with their own TD just one play later when McCarthy pitched to Nick Gross for a 49-yard scoring scamper. Martha's Vineyard place kicker Brooks Billingham was perfect on the day kicking extra points, as he has been on the season.
Fin Kaeka, Blair Rancich, and Eric Dolliver made their share of tackles and then some.
Friday the team is at home to Bristol Plymouth at 6:30 pm.
There will be an opportunity to contribute to the David Willey family scholarship fund.
Annual Oak Bluffs 5K on Sunday
The annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K and one-mile fun run begin Sunday at 11 am and 10:30 am at the Wesley House, for the benefit of Island Affordable Housing.
The Martha's Vineyard junior high football team lost its game to Barnstable here, Wednesday, 42-22. Vineyarders David Andrews and Alec Tattersall both scored twice. The Martha's Vineyard defensive line held its own against a larger, heavier Barnstable line.
The team was at Falmouth yesterday and is home to Wixon next Wednesday.
Annual auction Sunday
The Touchdown Club's annual auction is Sunday, October 12, at 6 pm at the P.A. Club. The $10 entry fee entitles the bearer to appetizers, a silent auction, dinner with dessert and the live auction. A cash bar will be available. Proceeds support the football teams and cheerleaders, including the junior high team and cheerleaders.
VYT Fall Classic
The Vineyard Youth Tennis Fall Classic tournament, abbreviated by rain, still managed to raise some $2,500 for the VYT scholarship fund, which sends promising children to a tennis academy in Florida.
Michael Halisky and Fain Hackney defeated Jock Cooperrider and Doug Cooper, 6-0, 6-1, in the first round and went on to reach the finals to play Paul Adler and Rob Potter, conquerors of Adam Bresnick and Sandy Nadelstein, 7-5, 6-3.
Earlier the Bresnick-Nadelstein duo defeated Laura Schroeder and Hope Callan, 3-6, 6-4 (10-7).
In the ladies B division, Lisa Reagan and Doreen Rezendes outlasted Patti Leighton and Tammi King, 4-6, 7-5 (11-9). Mollee Lewis and Kelly Hess won their first match but then lost a close one to Beth Kostman and Deb Debettencourt, 7-5, 6-4. Debettencourt and Kostman will play Rezendes-Reagan in the final this week.
In the Vineyard Youth Soccer school boys tourney, last weekend, the Poole Up-Islanders remained undefeated topping Tisbury, 4-1. The Up-Island Dwanes beat Edgartown, 5-3, and Oak Bluffs bested the Charter School, 3-1.
The Edgartown girls team's record remains unblemished, after its 7-0 trouncing of Tisbury while the Oak Bluffs girls won a nail-biter, edging Up-Island, 1-0.
Field Hockey benefit
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School field hockey teams, varsity and jayvee, will hold a benefit yard sale this Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 am to 1 pm in the school cafeteria. Furniture, household items, sporting goods will be sold with lots of field hockey players present to answer questions. Funds raised will be used for gear, uniforms, and other team expenses.
On (the other) Island
A goal by Sophie Lew was not enough for the Martha's Vineyard field hockey team to stay with the Whalers on Nantucket, Tuesday, and the Vineyarders lost their second game of the season, 3-1. Martha's Vineyard's record stands at 5-2-1. Nantucket improved to 8-1.
Icing off Island
In a Neponset Valley League game at Foxboro, the Martha's Vineyard Squirts defeated Tri-County, 6-3. Goals were by Joe Davies (2), Greg McCarron (2), Josh Forend, and Nick Vukota. Davies and Forend also had assists.
Also at Foxboro in the NVL, the Martha's Vineyard Bantams lost to Bristol County H.S., Saturday, 3-1. The next day the Bantams were in Fall River losing to SWS in a hard-fought game, 4-3.
In a Neponset League game, Saturday, the Pee Wees bowed to Needham, 15-1. The team did not let the one-sided score deflate them, instead they celebrated their first goal of the season when Ella Jernegan's pass gave Chris Perry the space he needed to execute a rising backhand shot past the Rockets' goalie.
At Raynham, Friday, the Martha's Vineyard junior high team lost a squeaker to Franklin Drinkwater junior high, 4-3. Martha's Vineyard scoring was by Andrew Carroll, assisted by Tyson Araujo and Austin Morely, Carroll assisted by Araujo and Brian Fraser, and Araujo assisted by Morely. Strong defensive play by Callie Jackson and Dorian Johnson kept the game close. Goalie Noah Kleinhenz stopped 29 of 33 shots on goal.
Saturday at Foxboro the Martha's Vineyard Bantams shot down the B.C. Eagles, 4-3, and the Martha's Vineyard Squirts took the measure of Tri-County, 6-3.
Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey announces plans to establish a Permanent Endowment Fund in order to provide scholarships to young hockey players whose families cannot provide the $1,300 per skater required.
To learn more, call Howard Sashin, 508-693-3730.
The Arnold Brown Regatta
The annual Arnold Brown Regatta was sailed Saturday, hosted by Sail Martha's Vineyard, the Edgartown Yacht Club and the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School sailing team with visitors from Mount Desert Island, Maine; East Lyme, Conn.; Marblehead and Xavier.
Conditions approached perfection with 12- to 15-knot westerly winds making for shifty, tactical sailing all day long.
The Martha's Vineyard varsity took to the water with Solvig Sayre and Katherine Donegan sailing in the A Division, Julie Pringle and Becker Aqwatty in the B.
Due to SATs on Saturday, Emmie Schreck, Solvig's usual crew, could not get on the water until 1 pm.
Martha's Vineyard Regional High School had a second squad of sailors: Nina Levin and Jesse Thomas in the A Division, Caleb Grey and Tova Katzman in the B.
After completion of a double rotation (24 races - a dozen for each division) the Vineyarders claimed the win, completely dominating the competition. The team finished 28 points ahead of the second team, East Lyme. Julie Pringle and Becker Aqwatty won in the B Division with a commanding 14 points.
Kyle Fiore is the pro for the junior golf clinics at Farm Neck now in session Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:30.
To learn more, call Kyle at the pro Shop, 508-693-3057.