Hot weather hockey
The Hamden Sports, featuring five players from Division one Quinnipiac on its 14-man roster, proved to be the class of the fourth annual East Coast Classic Adult A Hockey Tournament at the M.V. Arena by besting The Dragon Club in the tourney finals, 6-1, Sunday afternoon.
Earlier Sunday, in semi-final games, Hamden made it look easy dropping the Springfield Spitfires (with six Boston College players), 11-3.
The other semifinal contest was a one-sided 11-1 win for the Dragon Club over the Gators.
The Vineyard was well represented by two teams, the MV Mariners, captained by Joe Merry off West Tisbury, and the Jawz, led by goaltender Alex Minnehan.
The Jawz lost its games, but competed well with the Spitfires, 3-8, the Boilermakers, 0-3, and the Madhouse Munchies, 6-10.
The Mariners lost to the Hamden Sports, 5-8, the Springfield Spitfires, 2-11 and were tied, 5-5, with the Mainland Mullers after three 15 minute periods. By tournament rules, a shootout was called to break the tie and the Mariners found the back of the net six times to the Mullers five.
All in all it was first-rate tournament with a lot of outstanding hockey being played on the Ice at the Arena, which, as advertised, provided a delightfully cool oasis during some oppressively hot days.
Whale of a win
The MV 12-year-old Little League all-stars scored in every inning but the first and treated the visiting Nantucket all-stars to a 11-4 whuppin', Thursday, at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs.
The first inning featured an unusual double play executed by the Whalers. Emerson Mahoney led off drawing a base on balls. Mike Mussell bounced out third to first, Mahoney taking second on the play. Tim Roberts hit back to the pitcher who threw to first for one out. Mahoney had only taken a few steps off second so Andrew Ray fired to the shortstop at second. Emerson took off for third where he was tagged out for an unusual 1-3-6-5 double play!
The Vineyard scored once in the second, four times in the third, and twice in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead.
Nantucket came alive in the fifth taking full advantage of four straight walks. Tucker McNeely relieved and put out the fire, fanning two Whalers and getting another to ground out.
The Vineyard would score another four runs in the bottom of the fifth, an inning when both Tucker McNeely and Mike Mussell hit triples.
Earlier in the week the Vineyarders had played two games on Nantucket losing the first 5-3 and taking the second, 13-1.
Tuesday, at the West Tisbury School, the Snaps eclipsed the Shady Ladies, 18-7, despite Crystal Walker's two home runs for the -Ladies. Big innings for the Snaps were the third (six runs) and sixth (seven).
At Manter Memorial the Honeys upset the Creamers and then some, 16-3, while the Swingers were running away from the Late Fees,17-6, at Nunes Field, Edgartown.
Tennis Open a hit
After a rather gloomy start with threatening rains last Friday, the Marthaʼs Vineyard Open Tennis Tournament and Pro/Am went smoothly, with all participants having a great time. Luke Jensen, a former French Open Doubles champion, and Jimmy Arias, once ranked the No. 5 singles player in the world, put on a show to remember Friday evening playing an exhibition doubles match against two of the pros at Farm Neck Tennis, Nate Carvalho and Mason Viau.
Saturday was a beautiful day for tennis and players took to the courts to continue their play in Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles. The amateur play was interrupted by a Pro/Am event in which 10 Island pros joined Luke & Jimmy in playing short sets. The ﬁnals saw Pro Jimmy Arias and Amateur Conner Nicol defeat Island Pro Mike Halisky and Amateur Paul Adler.
Winners in the several classes were Sue Kimball and Arthur Stafford in mixed doubles; Jock Cooperrider and J. Lambrosa in Men's A; Sue Kimball and Liz Roberts in Women's A; Lin DeYoung and Jeannie Holenko in Women's B.
Tournament play continued well into the afternoon on Sunday with the last match being completed just before rain again threatened play. Mike Johns, Head Tennis Pro at Farm Neck, and Mas Kimball, Tournament Director, thank everyone involved for making this a successful event, raising more than $12,000 for the Vineyard Cancer Support Group.
Pros play Sunday
This Sunday the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club hosts a professional tennis exhibition with club pros Juan Coronel and Sunitha Rao playing Vineyard Youth Tennis Head Pro Michael Halisky and Fain Hackney at 4 pm. It will be Sunitha Rao's first exhibition on the Vineyard. She has been ranked in the top 150 players in the world and represented India at the Beijing Olympics.
Men's softball playoffs
In the first inning of the first game of a play-off double header last week, '09 MVRHS graduate Mike Capen hit a grand slam for the Wildcats putting the most unpredictable team of the Island Men's Softball League ahead to stay. The Wildcats eliminated the Brewhas, a perennial powerhouse, beating them twice, 17-9 and 22-11.
The Treds and Land Sharks split their double-header. Both teams staged comeback rallies to win. The Treds parlayed four home runs in the fourth inning to move on to round two.
Monday produced two double-header splits. At Manter Memorial the Treds beat the Stampede in game one, 14-11. The Stampede returned the favor in game two, 21-15.
The third and deciding game to determine who will play in the playoff finals, was last night, Wednesday, at Manter.
At the West Tisbury school the surprising Wildcats won the first game of a twin bill with the season's top team, the Highlanders, 20-15. The Highlanders scored nine runs in the final inning of the second game to save the split, 18-11. They went back at it last night to decide which team would advance to Monday's playoff finals.
In between Monday's championship double header at Manter Memorial, the third annual Island Softball League Home Run Derby will be held sponsored by Sports Haven's Bill Miner.
Tony to Tulsa
Tony Grillo of West Tisbury and Farm Neck Golf Club, a 2008 graduate of MV Regional and now a sophomore at Harvard, won a playoff at Maplegate Country Club in Bellingham, to earn one of the three New England slots in the U.S. Amateur tournament at Southern Hills CC in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He joins Mike Calef of South Boston and Matthew Broome of Barrington, R.I., in the New England contingent.
The Entourage has taken sole possession of the lead in the Oak Bluffs Summer Basketball League at Niantic Park with a 7-1 won-lost record followed by the Stone Cold Hustlers at 5-2.
The Future looks promising at 4-2. The Monstars are 5-3 and the H.S. Ballers are even, 4-4. The Black Out have won 3 and lost 5. Chips Ahoy (1-6) and Rage (1-7) occupy the cellar.
Individual scoring leaders are: Steve Handy 191, Brant Sylvia 142, Jade Cash 135, Nick Viera 133, Matt Rivers and Randall Jette each with 118, John Swan 114 and James Holenko 108.
John Swan leads in assists with 26 to Jade Cash's 18 and 16 for Cody Brewer.
Tim Scott has cashed 9 of 11 free throws. Cody Brewer and Mac Hoggan are 10 of 13 and Heath Estrella 18 of 21.
Donovan wins the Scoops 5K
Four hundred eighteen runners completed the annual Scoops 5K Tour of Edgartown road race on Sunday, 22 fewer than last year. The winner was Barry Donovan, 21, of Edgartown in 17:02, nine seconds better than last year's best by Mathew Graziano of Cambridge, and eight seconds ahead of Jake McCauley of Darien, Conn., who was Sunday's second best.
The rest of the top ten finishers were (3) Noah Jampel, 21, of Waban; (4) John McKeon, 16, of Arlington; (5) Mark Engerman, 40, of Edgartown; (6) Paul Vertefeuille, 45, of Oak Bluffs; (7) Ryan Murray, 18, of Cross River, N.Y.; (8) Harnando Rodriguez, 44 of Lynn; (9) Jackson Bangs, 20, of Upper Montclair, N.J.; and (10) Ryder Szkobel-Wolff of Edgartown.
The first ten women to complete the run were (1) Maureen Larkin, 45, of Walpole (16th overall); (2) Dara Kelly, 38, of Brookline; (3) Erin Begg, 15, of Newtown, Conn.; (4) Megan Baldwin, 25, of West Hartford, Conn.; (5) Jane Walshe, 39, of Edgartown; (6) Jennifer Adler, 19, of Tisbury; (7) Michele Bosworth-Ramir, 38, of Redding, Conn.; (8) Shelly Bloom, 56, of Durham, N.C.; (9) Kelly Shea, 39 of Long Valley, N.J.; and (10) Robin Breen, 45, of Edgartown.
Best runners in their age groups were:
Male 9-under: (1) P.J. Joel, 9, 2:03; (2) Ryan Hodska, 8, 26:20; and (3) Aeden Joel, 8, 29:30. Female (1) Molly Murray. 9, 38:47; (2) Mia Grelo, 9, 38:50; (3) Elizabeth Williamson, 9, 40:59.
Male 10-14: John Breen, 13, 25:20; (2) Ryan Eville, 10, 26:10; (3) and Michael Murray, 12, 26:30. Female (1) Caitlin Begg, 14, 25:12; (2) Megan Smith, 14, 25:51; and (3) Cara Corvino, 14, 29:30.
Male 15-19: John McKeon, 16, 7:59; (2) Ryan Murray, 18, 19:02; and (3) Ryder Szkobel-Wolff, 17, 19:53. Female (1) Jennifer Adler, 19, 22:51; (2) Molly Bangs, 17, 24:00; and (3) Abby Murray, 18, 24:54.
Male 20-24: (1) Jackson Bangs, 20, 19:43; (2) David Spaulding, 21, 19:57; and (3) Will McGrath, 29, 27:37. Female (1) Caney Baldwin, 21, 22:36; (2) Lauren Crisom, 20, 24:07; and (3) Tracey Kania, 20, 26:01.
Male 25-29: None. Female (1) Megan Baldwin, 25, 22:35; (2) Janet Travelis, 28, 27:26; and (3) Ashley Bostrom, 27:27:33.
Male 30-34: (1) Andrew Doyle, 33, 22:54; (2) Scott Gray, 33, 25:39; and (3) Zachary Gray, 31, 26:23. Female (1) Julie Gray, 30, 26:43; (2) Meg Verlicco, 31, 27:02; and (3) Renee Pitts, 30, 27:25.
Male 35-39: (1) Valdez Williams, 36, 22:49; (2) Sean Kelly, 38, 23:53; and (3) Jordan Melissa, 43, 26:14. Female (1) Jane Walshe, 39, 22:45; (2) Michele Bosworth-Ramirez, 38, 23:10; (3) Kelly Shea, 39, 23:34.
Male 40-44: (1) Mark Engerman, 42, 18:02; and (2) Harnando Rodriguez, 44, 19:11. Female (1) Leah Begg, 40, 23:59; (2) Julie Stevvels, 40, 25:59; and (3) Melissa Jordan, 43, 26:14
Male 45-49 (1) Paul Vertefeuile, 45, 19:57; (2) Michael Brazel, 49, 21:12; and (3) David Revill, 48, 21:36. Female (1) Robin Breen, 45, 23:47; (2) Jessica Roddy, 48, 24:30 (3) Christine Bennan, 45, 25:21.
Male 50-54: (1) Alex Kahan, 50, 19:54 (2) Greg Rubin, 54, 22:00 (3) Edward Harris, 50, 22:18.Female (1) Karen Berni-Giarusso, 51, 24:10 (2) Susan Kahan, 25:42 (3) Cookie mrtin, 50, 27:39.
Male 55-59: (1) Richard Lehr, 23:14; (2) Bob Kania, 56, 23:45; and (3) John Parker, 56, 24:41.Female (1) Shelly Bloom, 56, 23:18 (2) Mary McKenna, 58, 26:07 (3) Susan Hardt, 59, 26:18
Male 60-64 (1) Paul Bloom, 62, 22:38 (2) Joe Kelly, 62, 28:13 (3) Mike Carroll, 60, 28:32 Female (1) Stephanie Kelly, 61, 32:00 (2) Judy Jennings, 60, 34:19 (3) Barbara Murphy, 63, 50:21.
Male 65-69: (1) Jim Austin, 66, 2:1:37 (2) John Brittain, 65, 23:09 (3) Adam Ross, 65, 24:28.Female (1) Joan Eville, 65, 34:05.
Male 75-79: (1) Gerald Jeffers, 76, 47:35
80-84 (1) Irving Schwartz, 82. 50:17 (2) Louis Larsen, 83, 1:03:50 (3) Donald Mitchell, 83. 1:03:50.Female (1) Cara Mitchell, 76, 39:14 (2) Cynthia Petrerson, 76, 41:55.
Farrissey to the Hall
Andy Farrissey of Oak Bluffs will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on October 9.
Andy led the Durfee Hilltoppers to the 1948 New England high school championship and was the only unanimous choice on the all Boston Garden schoolboy team. Andy became close friends with Celtic legend Bob Cousy and played on Cousy's Cape Cod Quahoggers outdoor team. He also played for the Washington Capitals, the constant opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Andy Farrissey has made his home on the Vineyard since 2006.
Mink Meadows medalists
With rounds of 74, 78 and 76 (228), Connie O'Doherty of Edgartown claimed the Mink Meadows Men's Club Championship, Saturday, July 18. George Thomas was runner up.
Dick Barbini was best in the A Flight with Tim Fullin close behind. B Flight winner was Gil Williams, Keith Fullin was second. In the C Flight top honors went to Frank Cecilio with Sandy Shapiro as runner up. One-two in the D Flight were Rodney Silvia and Leon Bennett.
Connie O'Doherty also took the Senior Club Championship and the $75 prize with a two-round score of 152 (74-78). Rusty Hitchings was runner up at 156. Gil Williams was Super Senior Winner at 167.
Senior A Flight leader was George Thomas at 157. Peter Anselmo led the B Flight at 171 and John Verrett's 176 was tops in the C Flight.
Ann Brown and Jim Kaplan were tops sitting north-south, Saturday, at the Martha's Vineyard Bridge Club games in the Tisbury senior center. Virginia and Richard Hinds were runners-up.
At east-west the best numbers belonged to Geraldine Jones and Frances Finney. Trudy Ulmer and Regina McDonough were second.
Seven tables were in play.
This Sunday the MV Rod & Gun Club hosts the 2009 Skeet Championship shoot-out beginning at noon, rain or shine. Open to members and non-members alike, the entry fee is $15. Scoring will be by the Lewis Class System with scores adjusted according to a shooter's ability. Beside the Club Championship, A, B, and C class champions will be recognized.
Call Bob DeLisle at 508-627-3019 with questions or to sign up.
25th at Edgartown G.C.
The 25th annual Fall Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club will be Saturday, September 12, at the Edgartown Golf Club. Register (tax-deductable $75) at Edgartown GC, 627-5343, or the MVB&G, 627-3303. See www.mvbgclub.org.
Thirteen young ladies of various skill levels showed up at the high school last Thursday at 6:00 pm to play a spirited pickup game of field hockey encouraging Amanda Klein and friends to continue the games. Interested? Just show up with or without stick for a 6 pm start Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A Fish Farm for Haiti tennis tournament was played at the MV Resort tennis courts, July 16, 17 and 18. All of the tourney proceeds are to support the Vineyard's Fish Farm for Haiti project. In attendance at the tournament opening was The Honorable Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, Haiti's Minister of Women's Affairs and Rights.
Robinson's or bust
Fifteen boats reported to the starting line for Sunday's Robinson's Hole Rendezvous, one of the Holmes Hole Sailing Assn.'s favorite destinations located on the west end of Naushon. Red nun 4 at West Chop was the only mark on the course. From there the fleet ran to Vineyard Sound and continued on a broad reach on the port tack looking for favorable current and wind.
Jerry Goodale in Stormalong was first in the A Division to reach the Hole. John Amabile in Solitude was second. Then came (3) Irving Gates in King Kiwi, (4) Mike Loberg in Masquerade, (5) Roger Becker in Gloria, (6) Matthew Thomas in Grasshopper, (7) Bob Jewett in Andiamo II, (8) Stephen Besse in Apres. Undine sailed as a guest and Mischief did not finish. Sandy Alexander in Falcon was first in the B Division followed by Art and Caroline Spengler in Raven, David Lott in Avanti, Rebecca Colson in Silhouette, and Dan Culkin in Magic Time.
The Holmes Hole Sailing Assn. welcomes new members and guest boats. Call Diane Hartmann at 508-693-4592.
10 years and counting
The MV Little League 10-year-olds finished a successful 17-7 season, Saturday and Sunday at the Bourne tournament, edging South Boston, 7-6 in the opening round. The winning run was something of a gift as Nick Vukota was hit by a pitch, went to second and third on a wild pitch and passed ball and scored on Chris Mayhew's base hit.
The game also featured the "play of the day" when a Southie player drove the ball into right center where Jacob Cardoza chased it down, threw to his cutoff man Aksel Cooperrider who fired to catcher Jonas Lukowitz, catching the base-runner in a "pickle," before he was ultimately tagged out by the pitcher. Seven players handled the ball during the play.
Next, against Abington, the Islanders took control early and finished well ahead, 11-1. Aksel and Nianoa Cooperrider and Cameron Maciel took turns on the mound.
In the Sunday quarter-finals the Islanders eked out a 2-1 win over Falmouth on runs driven in by Lukowitz and Mitchell Chaves. Pitchers Aksel Cooperrider and Chris Mayhew kept Falmouth at bay with fielding support from Dylan and Tristan Araujo and Cameron Maciel.
Against Mashpee in the semi-finals, the Vineyarders had a shaky start, giving up four runs in the top of the first inning. But M.V. scored five runs in their half and went on scoring to the 12-6 conclusion.
In the finals the Islanders faced the top seed, Mattapoisett, also undefeated in the tourney. M.V. started well, scoring twice in the top of the first, but Mattapoisett scored four in their half and maintained the lead to the end, 9-5.
The Chilmark 5K
The annual Chilmark road race, a hilly 5K traffic jam on Middle Road, begins at 10:30 am, Saturday, August 8. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chilmark Community Center. See www.chilmarkroadrace.org to register and/or learn more.
Registrations are limited to 1,500 runners and close at 8 pm tonight or sooner.
Last week on Thursday Coop deVille defeated Sports Haven, 4-1 and Atlantic FC got by Shirley's Hardware, 2-1.
Wednesday the Celts and Atlantic played to a 3-3 tie and Coop deVille managed to edge Monto Orthopedics, 1-0.
Tuesday the Celts topped the Hardware store, 2-1, with goals by Lucas Brewer and Eric Surface. Sam Griswold scored for Shirley's.
Also Tuesday, the Atlantic FC defeated Sports Haven, 4-2. Declan McBride and Ben Post scored for Sports Haven. Atlantic's Antulio Neto had a hat trick. Torbelly Assis also scored.