Martha's Vineyard Peewees reign
The Eric B. Maclean Memorial Tournament for Squirts and Peewees began Friday evening with the Martha's Vineyard Squirts topping Concord Carlisle, 4-3.
Photo by M.C. Wallo
Saturday the Martha's Vineyard Squirts bested Providence, 5-2, and SWS, 3-1.
With two Peewee teams entered, MVPW 1 beat Concord Carlisle, 3-1 and Groton, Conn., 3-0. MVPW 2 was equally successful, dropping Groton, 4-2, and Concord Carlisle, 6-3.
Photo by M.C. Wallo
In the Sunday's finals, SWS defeated the Martha's Vineyard Squirts, 4-1. The Martha's Vineyard PW 1 team edged the Martha's Vineyard PW 2 squad, 4-3.
Also this weekend, the Martha's Vineyard junior high team bowed to the NECDl Bruins, 4-1, Friday.
Saturday at the Kennedy, Barnstable got by the Martha's Vineyard Mites, 4-3. Hunter Ponte had a hat trick and Jack Murray assisted on each goal. Sean Hegarty and Gino Chick also had assists.
Sunday, at Kennedy, the Barnstable Capitals topped the Martha's Vineyard Mites 8-3. Willson Slayton (2) and Aiden Marek scored, assisted by Jack Murray and Hunter Meader.
At Orleans Moore Arena, Lower Cape blanked the Martha's Vineyard Squirts, 6-0.
Photo by M.C. Wallo
Photo by Ralph Stewart
Rockets rock the Sancy
The reappearance of the Harlem Rockets at the Sancy, Friday, was a welcome break from the ordinary and entertained a gym at least three quarters full of basketball fans with high jinks as well as some pretty impressive dribbling, passing, shooting, and hoop-stuffing skills.
Sponsored by the Hoops Club, the event raised some welcome money for the club's support of Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys and girls basketball program.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
Photo by Nis Kildegaard
Annual DU dinner a sold out affair
Judging by the turnout of 115 people, the annual dinner in support of Ducks Unlimited (DU), a national wildlife and waterfowl conservation organization, was a big success.
Cliff Meehan of Edgartown, DU Island chapter chairman, said the banquet, raffle and auction held at the Harbor View Hotel Saturday night raised a total of $26,585 after expenses. "It's good for Ducks Unlimited and good for the ducks," said Mr. Meehan, a local contractor.
A group of sportsmen concerned about vanishing waterfowl and habitat founded Ducks Unlimited in 1937. Since its founding, the organization has grown to almost 800,000 members from Mexico to Canada, and it has conserved more than 12 million acres of waterfowl habitat in North America.
Round Robin at VYTC
The Round Robin Extravaganza at the Vineyard Youth Tennis Center featured a great tennis exhibition by Christian Schultz and Thomas Darling, two 18-year-old high school students who drove down from Boston for the occasion.
Christian won in two sets after an impressive demonstration of talent.
Sixty-five players entered the Round Robin tourney at four ability levels. Michael Halisky and Fain Hackney were too much for Rodrigo Fraga and Paul Adler in the Combo Division winning 6-1 and 6-2.
In the ladies B Division, Sarah Moore and Maggie St. Denis defeated Nina Howell and Beth Kostman in a close match, 6-3, 5-7, 8-6. The Ladies C Division winners were Mary Maida and Bev Mazza with a score of 16, Close behind at 14 were Orlaith Estes and Margaret DeAngelo.
Veteran players John Cahill and Ray Lincoln won the B group with a total of 15, just one point better than Stan Hart and James Prichard. Cahill's 80-mph serve kept opponents off guard and Lincoln's superior net play was the perfect complement.
RCBL Lakers, Warriors win
Leading comfortably, 49-27, at the half, the Lakers cooled but still managed to eke out an 82-79 win over the Bulls, Monday, at the Boys & Girls Club. Jason O'Donnell's outside shooting produced 17 of his 25 Bullish points in the second half. Clark Agnew's work on the boards produced 20 rebounds and 20 points for the Bulls in the same two periods. With a minute and eight seconds remaining, an O'Donnell trey tied the game at 79. But Nate Scott cashed two from the line and Albie Robinson dropped another to seal the deal.
Scott's 23 was high for the Lakers. Heath Estrella (19) and Adam Rebello (10) also reached twin columns.
In the first game of the evening Jason Mello and Sterling Bishop scored 41 an 40 points, respectfully, accounting for all but 14 of the Heat's 95 points, but it failed to match the Warrior's even attack with four players in double digits: Tim Scott (26), Matt Rivers (26), Patrick Rolston (22), and Jade Cash (16). The Warriors won the 3-point shooting contest 14-2, and the game, 110-95
Warriors, 4-1; Heat, 3-2; Lakers, 2-3; Bulls, 2-3; Knicks, 1-3.
Blazers too hot
The two best girls basketball teams in the Interscholastic League, the Edgartown Eagles and the Oak Bluffs Blazers, met in the Oak Bluffs gym to decide top-gun status.
Edgartown's Jenny Lindland had the game-high 17 points and teammate Zoe Nugent added 12. But that was pretty much it as the Eagles finished with 33 points
Oak Bluffs, on the other hand, had five gunners, each with multiple hoops, led by Kendall Robinson and Kat DeBettencourt, both with 14 points.
Final count: Oak Bluffs 50, Edgartown 33.
The league begins semi final games today.
20 miles or bust
As of Monday, 370 runners had signed up for Saturday's St. Valentine's 20-miler. The number could easily reach 400 or more. Last year 447 made the run with 362 completing the course.
The race is scheduled to begin at the Tisbury SSA terminal at 11 am. Forecasts guess that the temperature will hover around 40 degrees, almost perfect for a February jaunt.
The 12th annual Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. Invitational hockey tournament begins play Saturday at 5 pm with North Reading facing Lynnfield. At 7 pm the Vineyarders host Hanover.
Face-off for Sunday's consolation game is at 1 pm. The Championship contest begins at 3 pm.
At the Sancy Pachico gym, the Island Invitational games tip off at 3 pm with Harwich facing the Nantucket girls. At 4:30 pm, the Nantucket boys take on Pembroke. At 6 pm the Martha's Vineyard girls play Sabis, followed at 7:30 with the Easthampton vs. Martha's Vineyard boys game.
Monday, the girls consolation game is at 11 am, the boys at 12:30. Final games are at 2 (girls) and at 3:30 (boys).
Old Rochester Regional brought three boys basketball teams to the Vineyard, Monday, and left on the short end of a 70-64 varsity loss, 69-50 J.V. loss and a freshman win.
In the varsity game Martha's Vineyard double digit scorers were Randall Jette (19), Alex Poole (12), Cody Brewer (11) and Steve Handy (10).
Poole sank four straight foul shots made in the closing minutes of the game to blunt a late rally by the Bulldogs.
Coach Mike Joyce was gratified that his team avoided the kind of mistakes made in recent games.
The Islanders are home to Mashpee today at 5:30 pm and host the Island Invitational Sunday and Monday.
Martha's Vineyard girls clipped in OT
The Norwell girls roared back from a half-time deficit, 27-16, to tie the game in regulation, 45-45, then claimed the 56-53 win with 11 OT points to Martha's Vineyard's eight. Fouls foiled the Islanders, so much that they ended the game with only four players on the floor. Four had fouled out.
Senior Kia Minor led the Islanders scoring with16 points, just two more than Sophomore Alicia Oliveira's 14. Three-pointers made the difference. The Clippers dropped four from beyond the arc to none by the Vineyard.
The JV game was as tense as the varsity. Norwell won on a buzzer-beater, 47-46. Hanna Persson had the game-high 17 points, including three baskets from long distance. Sarah Williston chipped in 14 and Alex Mark added eight.
The Islanders took on always tough Coyle & Cassidy, Tuesday and lost, 53-29 despite the consistent and excellent efforts of Kia Minor and Katie Hines.
Not so fast!
Two sophomores combined efforts to score the goal that averted a 2-0 shutout by the Sandwich girls hockey team at Bourne, Wednesday, when Gillian O'Callaghan, assisted by Emma Forbes, beat goalie Megan O'Connell in the final minute of the third period.
The Martha's Vineyard girls have yet to win a game. The Blue Knights are in the running for a post-season berth at 9-6-0.
Three Vineyard skaters, all members of the Martha's Vineyard Figure Skating Club, competed at the Skating Club of Boston's annual Basic Skills meet.
Competing for the first time, Ashley Wood placed second in Basic 8 Elements and won in Basic 8 Program.
Also a first time competitor, Amanda Bernard was second in both Basic 8 Elements and in Basic 8 Program.
Shannon O'Connor won at Beginner Freestyle.
The skaters are coached by Jane Elizabeth Taylor and Beth Blankenship O'Connor.
All the above-mentioned skaters will participate in the annual MVFSC ice show on March 21 and 22.
B&G Biddy Ball
Biddy Ball, the Boys & Girls Club's instructional basketball program for first- and second-grade youngsters, comes to a close this weekend. Sponsored by the Edgartown Patrolmen's Association, the six-week program began on Thursday, January 18. Each participant receives a team shirt and an end-of-season award.