Martha's Vineyard Sports Highlights
Hawks are bagged
The Martha's Vineyard varsity football team won its fourth of five games, Saturday, by downing Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School on the Hawks' home field at Easton, 37-0.
The first Martha's Vineyard points were posted by a 58-yard run by Cody Brewer. Brooks Billingham's toe added the extra point. On the next possession, Mike McCarthy carried from the two-yard line. Billingham's kick was blocked, the closest the Hawks came to a "rally."
The third Martha's Vineyard TD was also scored by Brewer, at the end of a 24-yard pass from McCarthy.
Receiver Randall Jette scored the next two six-pointers, first on a 41-yard pass play, then on a 70-yard punt return. Billingham kicked for extra points and, in the third quarter, a 30-yard field goal, the only points in the second half.
Coach Herman, as is his wont, played his second stringers in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter
Scoring nine touchdowns and running twice for extra points, quarterback Mike McCarthy is seventh high scorer in MIAA Division 3A. His 10 touchdown passes place him second in that category to Joe Clancy of Newburyport, who has 11.
This week's game is with Charlestown, here on Saturday at 1 pm.
A non-league contest, it is the homecoming game when this year's king and queen will be crowned.
Running for "Vineyard Pride"
For years Sacred Heart high school of Kingston has been the primary challenge to the Vineyard's cross-country and track and field hegemony in the Mayflower League. They looked the part Thursday on the wind-swept Martha's Vineyard Regional High School campus next to the "Field of Dreams," the school's handsome new baseball diamond, with as many runners, both boys and girls, as the Vineyard, and with the confidence that comes with a winning record.
But in fact, the meet was not close. The Martha's Vineyard girls were led by Megan Dreyer, a sophomore, who came in first at 19:37. She was followed by Shivonne Schofield, a freshman in 20:19. Senior Hilary Dreyer was third at 20:51, and Ellie Hehre, Kim Carlomagno, and Sarah Flanders filled the 5, 6, and 7 spots.
The Vineyarders margin of victory was an impressive 17-44.
The Martha's Vineyard boys were equally dominant, winning 19-42. Mark Reppert, a senior, set the torrid pace, completing the 5K in 16:38 followed by sophomore Willie Nevin in 17:14. At 4 through seven 10 were Islanders Max Minor, Forrest Harcourt, Jamie Connor, Max Conley, Anthony Piland, Michael Kendall, and David Flanders.
Both of the Vineyard teams are unbeaten in dual meets (7-0) for the season.
On Sunday, the Martha's Vineyard Harriers competed in the 49th annual Catholic Memorial Invitational at Franklin Park, Boston.
The Martha's Vineyard girls finished in fourth place of Division II, behind Bromfield, Milton, and Whitinsville Christian.
Megan Dreyer led the Vineyarders, finishing in ninth place at 20:23. Shivonne Schofield was 20th, Kim Carlomagno and Ellie Hehre finished together at 34 and 35.
Seventeen schools entered teams in Division II.
The Martha's Vineyard boys ran in Division III and came in fourth of 15 teams behind Whitinsville Christian, Cathedral of Springfield, and Bedford.
Mark Reppert was the first Vineyarder to complete the run in 17:36. He was 14th overall. Willie Nevin was 19th, Anthony Piland 28th, and Forrest Harcourt 37th.
Sailors show well at USCG
The Lawrence White trophy was up for grabs last weekend at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The Martha's Vineyard sailing team was there to contest for it along with 19 other teams from all over including Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.
The Lawrence White is a fleet race consisting of A and B Divisions sailing in 420's and FJ's. Conor Lodge with Becky Aqwatty as crew entered the A Division. In the B Division, Martha's Vineyard was represented by Solvig Sayre and crew Emmie Schreck.
The Coast Guard Academy venue is notorious for shifty winds and strong currents, which challenged the Vineyard crews in their first set. But the teams made adjustments and finished strong, 6th overall.
Due to 30 knot winds, the Sunday races were scratched.
Conor Lodge and Becky Aqwatty came in fourth against some exceptionally talented crews.
The sailing team will set sail for New Orleans to compete in the Great Oaks Regatta on November 14.
A goal by Anna Jurczk, assisted by Phebe Bates, was the only score in the Vineyard's 1-0 defeat of Notre Dame Academy at Hingham, Wednesday. Sarah Lawson was the shut-out goalie, fronted effectively by Emma Frizzell and Alexa Fisher.
Saturday the Vineyarders played Falmouth to a scoreless tie at Falmouth. It was the Islanders' second tie of the season.
Monday, at Mattapoiset, the Islanders failed to score again and lost to Old Rochester Regional, 2-0.
The girls play their last three scheduled games Thursday, Friday, and Saturday versus Bishop Stang, Old Rochester, and Sandwich. They must win one of those games (or tie two) to qualify for post-season play.
Their record stands at 7-6-2.
The Nantucket boys varsity soccer team scored just once, but that was enough to top the Vineyarders here, Wednesday. Improving the Whalers' record to 8-3-1.
At Wellesley, Saturday, the Raiders scored early and maintained a two-point advantage to the end, winning 4-2. Alex Poole scored both of the Vineyard's goals.
Martha's Vineyard slipped to 3-9-1
Despite heroics by goalie Kia Minor, the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School girls soccer team was shut out by Falmouth on the Clippers turf Saturday, 2-0.
The Martha's Vineyard Junior High football eleven entertained Wixon of South Dennis, Thursday, and treated them to a 42-6 whippin'.
It might have been worse, but Coach Kevan Pickett cleared his bench and played his scrubs in the second half, which proved to be a fairer fight as both teams scored a touchdown in the final 20 minutes.
Last Friday the Martha's Vineyard Junior High team lost its dual with the South Boston jayvees at Raynham, 4-0.
On Saturday, the Martha's Vineyard Mites lost two games to the Barnstable Sabers, 7-0 and 7-1, at the Martha's Vineyard Arena.
At the Charles Moore Arena in Orleans, Saturday, the Martha's Vineyard Squirts played Barnstable to a 7-7 tie in a Cape & Islands League game. Alex Figueroa scored four times for the Vineyard. J.J. Mendez added two more. Colin Buckley also found the back of the net. Auguste Pizzano and Alex Figueroa had assists. Zachary Fullin was a busy and effective goalie. Kylie Hatt and Belle Dinning won their coach's praise.
Also Saturday, at Foxboro, the Martha's Vineyard Peewees bowed to Canton, 7-2. Andrew Wiley was assisted by Oliver Lane and Jack Slayton assisted on the Will MacDonald goal.
Dylan Lyonnais and Mac Sashin won honorable mention for spirited play.
At the Kennedy Arena, Sunday, the Martha's Vineyard Squirts lost a C&I game to Barnstable, 5-1. Alex Figueroa provided the Martha's Vineyard goal. Colin Buckley was aggressive on defense as were Elinor Hanjian, Auguste Pizzano, and Cathal Robinson. Zach Fullin made circus saves in goal.
At the Foxboro Sports Arena, Sunday, the Martha's Vineyard Squirts lost a Neponset League game to the KP/Walpole squad, 6-3.
On Monday the Martha's Vineyard Junior Highs trounced North Attleboro in a State Play Down game, 4-1, advancing to the second round. Tyson Araujo's hat trick and a goal by Emerson Mahoney provided the points with assist credits to Brian Frazer. Strong defensive play by Marco Petricone, Callie Jackson, Matt Davies, and Alexander Vukota keyed the win.
This weekend there will be two Martha's Vineyard Squirts games and two Mite games, Saturday, at the Martha's Vineyard Arena. The Squirts take on D/Y at 11:50 a.m. and 1 pm. The Mites play Barnstable at 10:40 and 11 am.
Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey will offer three weekends of free instructional hockey for youngsters aged four and up who have no or limited hockey experience. Participants must bring helmets and skates
Vineyard Youth Tennis, which provides free tennis instruction to Island kids, needs some volunteers to help raise the bubble that covers the VYT courts on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at about 10 am.
According to an informed source, it takes about three hours to put it up. If interested, please call Nicole at 508-693-7762.