Martha's Vineyard Sports Highlights
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Both the boys and girls junior varsity teams won their season openers versus Sandwich. The boys also defeated Pembroke, and then lost to Bishop Stang at Dartmouth.
Martha's Vineyard Regional High School head football coach Donald Herman, who guided the Vineyarders to their first Mayflower Large League championship since 1003 with a 10-1 season record, was named Division 3A Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe. In the post-season, Herman's Islanders trounced South Boston, 42-14, then lost to Amesbury in the Super Bowl at Bentley College, 40-19. It was the eighth time a Herman coached team made it to the Super Bowl.
Mike McCarthy, team captain and first string quarterback was also chosen for All Scholastic honors by the Globe.
A 6' 1", 196-pound senior, Mike rushed for 1,262 yards on 178 carries, scoring 21 touchdowns. He completed 62 of 122 passes for 1,083 yards and 20 touchdowns. Mike is an Honor Society member and plays on the lacrosse team in the spring.
Mike and Nick Gross were named to the Globe's Eastern Mass all-star team.
Not to be outdone, Cape Cod Times Sports Editor Russ Charpentier featured the Vineyard eleven in his Fall Sports in Review article on Tuesday, December 16.
Named by the Globe to the Mayflower Large all-star football team with McCarthy were Cody Brewer, Nick Gross, Matt Costello, Fin Kaeka, and Zach Maciel.
Martha's Vineyard Regional High School all-star cross-country runners, according to the Globe, were Megan Dreyer, Shivonne Schofield, Ellie Hehre, Kim Carlomagno, Sarah Jean Flanders, and Hilary Dreyer.
Seven male Vineyard harriers were named to the Mayflower all-star cross-country team: Mark Reppert, Willie Nevin, Max Conley, Anthony Piland, Forrest Harcourt, Max Miner, and Robbie Osmers.
Athletes were picked from MIAA schools competing in Eastern Mass. leagues. Therefore Martha's Vineyard field hockey, golf, and boys and girls soccer players were not eligible for mention. That will change next year when the Vineyard joins the Eastern Athletic Conference.
Tuesday, the Charter School visited Tisbury for an interscholastic boys basketball game and left on the short end of a 47-27. Today Charter is at Edgartown. Interscholastic games will be suspended until after the holidays...The Martha's Vineyard Squirt Cape & Island squad played Orleans, Sunday, at the Charles Moore Arena, and despite strong defensive play by Elie Hanjian, Auguste Pizzano and goalie Zach Fullin, lost 5-0....The RCBL (Recreational Center Basketball League) will begin play on Monday, January 12, at 6:15 and 7:45 pm with five teams, one more team than last year.
Martha's Vineyard enjoys home court
The Martha's Vineyard 6th grade boys travel team stayed at home to play host to Bourne and Taunton, Sunday, garnering two wins to go 3-1 for the early season.
Bourne proved no mystery. The Islanders used a full-court press and quickly ran up a 15-point lead which swelled steadily to a 54-21 final count. Tim Roberts and Colin Cameron led the parade to the hoop, each with a dozen points. Alex Beck and Charlie Parkhurst keyed the effective defense.
The Taunton game was a seesaw affair. Martha's Vineyard led early but at the half Taunton enjoyed a three-point advantage. With less than two minutes on the clock, Martha's Vineyard trailed by five. Baskets by Brandon Dwane and Cameron tied the score, sending the game into OT. The Islanders took control in the extra minutes and finished ahead, 31-26. Cameron was the Vineyard high-scorer with 11 points.
Girls are busy travelers
Amy Maciel's 8th grade girls travel basketball squad won three of its last five games, all but one on the road.
Sunday, Dec. 7, the girls lost a squeaker to Sandwich, 29-27. Kendall Robinson's 11 points, including 5 or 6 from the foul line, were high for Martha's Vineyard. Maggie Riseborough added five.
At Berkley the Islanders won 35-30 behind Robinson's 14, Riseborugh's 8, and Alayna Hutchinson's 4 points and two steals.
Last Saturday the Martha's Vineyard girls trounced Bourne powered by Jenny Lindland's 10, Tiana Souza's 8 and Robinson's 7.
Also Saturday, at Dartmouth, the Vineyarders lost at the buzzer, 31-29. Riseborough paced the scorers with 12. Robinson contributed 8 and Souza 5. The score was tied with less than two minutes remaining.
In its first home game, the Islanders beat Falmouth at the Oak Bluffs school, Sunday, 39-31. Lindland (16) and Robinson (14) provided most of the points.
The girls will be home (in the Oak Bluffs school) on Saturday at 2:30 pm to Berkley.
The Martha's Vineyard Horse Council has announced its year-end award winners.
Leadline; Champion, Ava Ben David; Reserve, Vivian Kervori.
Walk/Trot: Champion, Caroline Grunwald; Reserve, Isabelle Littlefield.
Walk/Trot/Canter: Champion, Lila Norris; Reserve, Emily Barron.
SS Equitation: Champion, Ava Stearns; Reserve, Mary Agnes Nixon.
SS Hunter: Champion, Ava Stearns; Reserrve, Kaitlyn Webber.
Green Hunter: Champion, Martha's Vineyard Knickerbocker/C.Francis; Reserve, Mr. Blu/Jamie Forend.
Novice: Champion, Bella Bennett; Reserve, Katherine Dorr.
Low Hunter: Champion, Sigma Phi/Sidra Dumont; Reserve, Heathcliff/Bella Bennett.
Open Under 15: Champion, Kelsey Lynch; Reserve, Isabelle Smith.
Maiden Equitation: Champion, Lucy Morris; Reserve, Haven Huck.
Children's Hunter: Champion, Tater Tot; Reserve, Bittersweet Spit & Polish.
Pony Hunter: Champion, Wits End Day Dream; Reserve, Celeste.
Mini Medal: Champion, Isabelle Smith; Reserve, Olivia Smith.
Special Hunter: Champion, Woody/Yvonne Kelley; Reserve, Heathcliff/Bella Bennett.
Pleasure Horse: Champion, Forever Young/Yvonne Kelley; Reserve, Heathcliff/Bella Bennett.
Pleasure Pony: Champion, Buzz Light Year/Ava Stearns; Reserve, Bittersweet Spit & Polish/K. Lynch.
Trail Class: Champion, Poco/Megan Dreyer; Reserve, Lil' Miss Gold/Signe Baumhofer.
Best Child Rider: July, Ava Stearns; August, Mary Agnes Nixon.
Horse of the Year: Bittersweet Spit & Polish.
Introductory Adult: Champion, Mary-Ann Brock/Shamrock VB Norfleet 64.750%
Introductory Junior: Champion, Kaitlyn Weber/Jumpin' Jack Flash 64.000%.
Training Level Tests 1 and 2 Junior: Champion, Caitlyn Francis/Martha's Vineyard Knickerbocker 70.340%; Reserve, Andrew Randall/Rhythm and Blues 69.999%.
Training Level Tests 1 and 2 Adult: Champion, Cindy Bonnell/Tanqueray 68.02; Reserve, Stephanie Dreyer/Sweet Poco Caballero 62.52.0%.
Training Level Tests 3 and 4 Junior: Champion, Allison McAndrews/Opus 70.400%; Reserve, Elias/TonkaToy 64.600 %.
First Level Junior: Champion, Alicia Oliviera/Liatris 67.850%; Reserve, Hannah Elias/Tonka Toy 62.000%.