Elmer Silva defeated Mike Joyce III, in match play 3&2, to claim the Farm Neck men's championship title Sunday.
Elmer's trip to the final match went by way of Jeff Levey and Jack Reagan. Mike got by Gary Ben David and John Ledden.
Elmer Silva birdied the 15th hole to go 3 up and when both shot par on the 16th, Mike conceded the match.
This was not the first time for Elmer Silva. He was Farm Neck champion in 2000 and again last year.
The top men in stroke play were (1) Elmer Silva 154 (2) John Ledden 157 (3) Mike Joyce III 157, (4) Jack Reagan 161 (5) Paul Chisholm (162), (6) Gary BenDavid 162, (7) Mark Poirier (8) Jeff Levy 164.
Honors go Green
The women's championship crown went to Helen Green who bested her perennial opponent, Anne Lemenager, I up. Helen had rounds of 83 and 80. Pat Wilks was third at 193. Deb Crews won her match with Sue Morrison in the A Flight, Connie Campbell was 2 up over Jane Hipson in the B flight and Lorraine Cullivan was 4-2 over Gail Farrish in the C.
Winner of the women's medalist A Flight title was Sue Morrison who shot 92 and 96 (188), defeating runner-up Deb Crews at 192, (99 - 93). Leslie Look was third at 198 (92-106)
In the B Flight, Connie Campbell's rounds of 103 and 101 (204) just nosed out Jane Hyman's 103 and 102 (205).
Third was Judy Maynes at 213.
At press time, according to posted information, the Entourage is atop the standings in the Men's Basketball League at Niantic Park with four wins and no losses, followed by the Monstars and Stone Cold Hustlers both at 3-1, the High School Ballers and The Future are both at 2-2. The Blackout and Team Rage are tied at 1-3 and Chips, 0-4, has yet to post a win.
An informant tells us that since the posting the Hustlers have beaten both the Entourage and the Monstars!
Posted individual point leaders are Nick Viera 79, Steve Handy 72, Brant Sylvia 66, Randall Jette 58, Terrell Johnson 57. Both Adam Rebello and Jade Cash are at 52,
Assist leaders are: Cody Brewer, 14; Justin Mercier, 13; John Swan, 12; and Jade Cash, 10.
Matt Rivers leads in rebounds with 40 to Rafe Mazer's 39.
Nick Viera and Cody Brewer lead in steals, each with a dozen. Jade Cash has 11.
Randall Jette is tops from the free throw line, sinking 10 of 11 chances. Tim Scott is 8 of 9, Tad Gold 6 of 7. Both Jason Dyer and Ben Ciciora have cashed in 5 of 6.
The Merlins, Martha's Vineyard's USTA level 3.5 women's tennis team, finished their season in 3rd place in the Cape and Islands District. The team played 15 matches between May and July in Falmouth and Yarmouth, with 3 doubles teams and 2 singles playing each match. The Merlins took a strong lead early in the season with 7 wins and 3 losses by the end of June. July, however, brought three disappointing losses against the top two teams.
In the next to last match against the number one team, the Sirens, the Merlins fought hard. Playing number one doubles for the Merlins, Sally Anderson and Mary Breslauer lost narrowly in an exciting third-set tiebreaker. Lisa Reagan, playing 2nd singles, produced a solid win, and 3rd doubles team Susie Safford and Ruth McGorty triumphed, but the loss at 2nd doubles and first singles left the score 2-3, advantage Sirens.
Finishing the season on a high note, all three Merlins' doubles teams defeated the Flashes in Falmouth, giving cause for celebration on the ferry ride home.
The Merlins thank team captains Susie Safford and Doreen Rezendez for all their work scheduling and organizing and add a big thanks to team coaches Mike Johns, Nate Carvalho, and Mason Viau of Farm Neck Tennis Club for their patient instruction and constant moral support.
The season ending 2 of 3 playoffs began Wednesday.
Pre-playoff standings are: Highlanders 11-5, Stampede 10-6, Brewhas 9-7, Treds 6-10, Land Sharks 6-10, Wildcats 6-10.
Last night the Brewhas were home to the Wildcats in a double-header at the West Tisbury school and the Treds were home to the Land Sharks in a double-header at Manter Memorial.
If necessary the Brewhas will host the Wildcats on Thursday at the WesTiz school and the Treds will entertain the Land Sharks at Manter.
The top two teams, Highlanders and Stampede, have first-round byes in the playoffs.
Tuesday at Nunes Field, Edgartown, the unbeaten Creamers coasted to an 11-2 victory of the Late Fees.
At Manter Memorial the Shady Ladies outlasted the Swingers, 15-11. Erin Jennings of the Swingers hit the game's only home run with one aboard. The big inning for the Shadies was the sixth when they scored six runs. The score was tied at five in the fourth.
At the West Tisbury school the Rug Sox upset the Snaps, 12-11. The Sox scored four in the first, added another in the third and held a 5-0 lead through four innings, Snaps bats came alive in the top of the fifth, driving in six runs, two on a homer by Jackie Meehan, and taking the lead - briefly. The Sox responded with three in the bottom of the inning and ended the game accepting four consecutive walks, each of which forced in a run.
Standings: Creamers 4-0, Shady Ladies 3-1, Honeys 2-1, Snaps 2-2, Rug Sox 2-3, Late Fees 1-3, Swingers 0-4
Last Sunday the Holmes Hole Sailing Assn. raced at 10 am and 2 pm. The early race followed a zigzag course from red nun 6 outside the Tisbury Harbor breakwater to green can 23A at East Chop, to red nun 4 at West Chop to buoy RWNW in Nantucket Sound back to nun 6.
The fleet sailed on a broad reach on the starboard tack to East Chop and a close reach on the port tack to West Chop, then ran downwind to the buoy in the east setting tide and beat to windward on the last leg.
Division A winner was Mike Loberg in Masquerade followed by father and son Jerry and Peter Goodale in Stormalong I and II. Then came (4) Mary Worrell in Second Wind and (5) Brian Roberts in Starfish.
Dan Culkin and Magic Time were first in Division II. Alan Wilson in High Tide was second. John and Lisa Stout were third in Isabella and Bow Van Riper fourth in Tyche.
Nine boats raced in the afternoon over a triangular course with a building wind. Mike Loberg led the A Division again and Jerry Goodale was second again. Then came (3) John Amabile in Solitude, (4) Irving Gates in King Kiwi, (5) Roger Becker in Gloria, (6) Bob Jewett in Andiamo II, and (7) Peter Goodale in Stormalong II.
Dan Culkin took top honors in the B Division, leading John and Lisa Stout in Isabella.
Summer racing continues Thursday, tonight, at 6 pm with a race in Vineyard Haven Harbor.
Icing the puck
The fourth annual East Coast Classic Adult A Hockey Tournament faces off today, Thursday, July 30, at the M.V. Arena, and will continue through Sunday, August 2.
Ten teams with professional and collegiate players, including our own Vineyard Mariners, will contend for the honors accompanying a first place finish.
The MV Mariners include team captain Joe Merry, former New York Islander Mick Vukota, and John Chase Fuchs of the Syracuse Stars.
The other teams in the tourney are the Hamden Sport (which has a number of Quinnipiac University division one players), the Springfield Spitfires, Boch Liquors, The Dragon Club, The Gators, Madhouse Munchies, Vineyard Jawz, Boilermakers, and the Mainland Maullers.
The first puck will be dropped at 6 pm, tonight, when Hamden Sport and Boch's Liquors face off.
Admission is free. Cool is guaranteed.
Tournament director Peter Alden of Hamden, Conn., who started the East Coast Classic in Connecticut and moved it to the Vineyard last year said "This is the best turnout so far for this tournament. We have a bunch of standout players and the competition will be intense."
The distaff side
Girls interested in improving their hockey skills are invited to attend the MV Youth Hockey free girls clinics on Wednesdays, August 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:10 to 7 pm at the Arena. Coaches and volunteers will provide instruction.
New this year, all hockey players and coaches must register with USA Hockey on line. Please bring your receipt with barcode to registration and arrive one hour prior to on-ice evaluation.
MV Youth Hockey is offering a 10 game Midget 16 and under season in the Neponset Valley League, finishing at Thanksgiving in time for high school hockey.
Also offered new this year is a 12 and under house/recreation league consisting of one practice and one game a week. No travel. This is a non-contact program.
Tryout dates & times
Aug. 17 - 5:10 pm Mites 2001 & younger, 6:10 pm, Squirts '99, '00.
Aug. 18 - 6:10 pm PeeWees/Jr. High '95 to '98.
AUG.19 - 5:10 pm Mites, 6:10 pm Squirts
AUG. 20 - 6:10 pm PeeWees/Jr. High; 7 pm Midget 16 & under/
Aug 21 - 6:10 pm PeeWees/Jr. High; 7 pm Midget 16 & under.
In a recent MV Horse Council dressage competition, winners in the several categories are listed below.
Introductory A, Enid Haller on Mister Merlin, 64%
Introductory B, Lisa Vunk on Vinnie, 58.5%
Training Level 1, Tracey Olsen on Halifax, 70.8 %
Training Level 2, Tracey Olsen on Halifax, 68.2%
Training Level 3, Mary Ann Brock on Special Issue, 63 %
Training Level 4, Tracey Olsen on Shamrock VB Norfleet, 65.6 %
First Level 2, Allison McAndrews on Opus, 63.6 %
First Level 3, Allison McAndrews on Opus, 63.4 %
First Level 4, Allison McAndrews on Opus, 62.4 %
Test of Choice, Clara Maynard on Jimi Hendrix
Perfection is rare
There aren't many perfectly pitched baseball games anywhere, not in the majors, not in the minors, not in collegiate or high school leagues, not in Babe Ruth or Little Leagues.
A perfect game is more than a shutout. It means no runs, no hits, no reach (no walks, no errors).
That's what happened in the opening round of the Rehoboth 12-year-old Summer Slam All-Star Tournament when the Vineyarders faced Tiverton, R.I., earlier in the month.
Austin Morley started and pitched three perfect innings, then gave way to Tucker McNeely who slammed the door in the final three innings. Both Austin and Tucker threw 31 pitches. No runs, no hits, no reach! No kidding!
Perfect games invariably rely on some help from the defense. At Rehoboth, David Macias came up with a diving stab of a line drive that had base hit written all over it. David turned it into an out.
All the required offense was delivered by Mike Mussell who homered with two aboard providing the Islanders with the wherewithal for a 3-0 perfect win.
The Martha' Vineyard Bridge Club had five tables in play at the Tisbury Senior Center, Saturday. Finishing first among the north south pairs were Ann Brown and Duncan Walton. Cheryl Neal and Dorothy Arnold were runners up.
Sitting east-west the top scores belonged to Marge Raskin and Dave Selin. Brooks Robards and Jim Kaplan were next best.
The 17th annual Scoops 5K will be run this Sunday, August 2, starting at 8:45 am. Preregistration is $15 for runners and walkers, $20 on the day of the race. $5 for kids 10 and under for the fun run. Register at Scoops or on line scoops5k.com. Call Kathy with questions, 627-7111 ext.1805.
The first Race for Jabberwocky 5K will be Saturday, August 15, at Katama Farm. Runners step off at 10 am, kids and wheel chair competitors at 11 am. The Vineyard Sound performs at 11:30 am.
To register see www.campjabberwocky.org.
Raquets in Russia
An email from Moscow by Sue and Mas Kimball of Oak Bluffs who play for the Bahamas in the International Lawn Tennis Club, tells of Mas rallying from a 4-9 deficit in a ten-point tiebreak with a Russian player to win the game, 12-10. Sue and Mas won their 45+ mixed doubles match with the USA, 6-3, 6-2.
At the awards banquet Sue and Mas were presented the Mixed Doubles trophy and another award for "best epitomizing the ideals of the IC of sportsmanship and international friendship."
Mas was also inducted into the IC of Russia as an international member for his "exemplary play and sportsmanship", an honor in which he takes understandable gratifying pride.
Too much Mashpee
The Vineyard senior Babe Ruth team was eliminated from the Cape Cod Babe Ruth playoffs at Mashpee, Tuesday, losing to the home club, 6-1.
Pitcher Kendall Chaves was relieved by Taza Verycrusse in the seventh inning.
The Islanders were shut out until the final inning when Evan Sosa singled, went to second when Ramon Espino walked and to third on Steve McKenna's infield hit. Anthony Piland then drove in Sosa with the Islanders' only run.
Winner of the second annual Chappy Pong tournament at the Chappaquiddick Community Center, Saturday, was Alina Wen of Edgartown who bested Albert Lau of Oak Bluffs to claim the title.
Junior players dominated the semi-final games won by summer visitor Evan Stoler, 15, who defeated George Kordahl, 11, of Edgartown. In the final match of the all-Island open best of five games, winner Wen finished 3-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-3.
In the 10 and under group, Christopher Harwitz, 10, of Winchester took top honors.