After losing their season opener at Sandwich, the MVRHS field hockey team won its next two home games, besting West Bridgewater, 6-1, last Thursday, and Westport, 4-0, on Saturday,
Abby Entner started the scoring against the Wildcats assisted by Kate Cecilio. Hayley Pierce upped the ante, converting a pass from Brianna Davies. Before the first half was ended Cecilio found the back of the net twice.
In the second half, Katie Hines scored unassisted after a dash from midfield. Gail Herman's goal completed the rout.
Saturday, goalie Amanda Rose, screened by Nikki Alexander and Alicia Oliviera, shut out the visiting Westport Wildcats.
Cecilio fed Angela DeBettencourt and Hines and Pierce assisted Entner twice.
Tuesday the Islanders entertained a strong Somerset team in their first EAC League contest. Last year the Raiders made a run at an undefeated season, winning 12 straight games before losing to Walpole.
The Vineyard struck first as Pierce scored in a corner kick play, assisted by Cecilio three minutes into the contest. Two minutes later the Islanders upped the ante to 2-0 on a goal by Cecilio. Hines was credited with the assist.
But the Raiders responded posting their first point 11 minutes into the contest, then tied the score with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.
After the break the Vineyarders regained the lead on Cecilio's second goal, but Somerset answered again and the game ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Islanders take on Bishop Stang today at North Dartmouth and are at Seekonk tomorrow. The next home game is with Sandwich, Friday, Oct. 2, at 3 pm.
The 21st annual Howard W. Leonard Golf Scramble, a benefit for the M.V. Big Brothers Big Sisters program, teed off Sunday at Mink Meadows, sponsored by Mink Meadows and the Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank.
The winning team, with a 62.12 score, was Rodney Silvia, Leon Bennett, Bob Lunbeck, and Joe Krautkramer. Close behind at 62.62 were Richard Leonard, Jack Reagan, Peter Jeffers, and Robert Reagan. At 62.65 were Cliff Jernegan, Patti Leighton, Brett Leighton, and Phil Mercier.
Winning prizes for the longest drives of the day were Karen Altieri and Peter Jeffers. The prize for the closest drive to the pin on the 166-yard par three seventh hole was Darrell Chiles whose ball stopped 21 feet from the pin.
Thirty-six golfers took to the links after enjoying coffee and breakfast provided by the Black Dog Café.
All participants received prizes following luncheon served by Tea Lane Caterers. Coca Cola provided beverages.
The weather was perfect. The Mink Meadows staff were gracious hosts. Chet Nowack earned praise for smoothly coordinating the events of the day.
Big Brothers Big Sisters actively seeks adult mentors and program volunteers. If you can help, or want to learn more about the program, call 508-696-5497.
Shamrocks on Heather
The Bishop Feehan high school golf team bested the Vineyarders at Heather Hill in Plainville, Thursday, 243 to 258. The Shamrocks' Jack Walton had the medalist par round of 36. Chris Morris led the Islanders at 41.
Tuesday, Bishop Stang handed the Vineyarders their fourth loss of the season against two wins at Farm Neck, 244 t0 254. Connor Murphy was the medalist for Stang, shooting 37 on the par 35. Corey Perrotta and Serel Garvin were low for the Vineyard at 41.
Juno sweeps the Pat West
The 22nd annual Pat West Memorial Gaff Rig and Schooner race, originally slated for Saturday was rescheduled to Sunday when weather forecasters warned of possible 30-knot winds on Saturday.
Sunday dawned warm and clear with light northeast winds. Fourteen gaff-rigged boats - ranging from the 65-foot schooner Juno to 22-foot catboats started the race.
Almost immediately Vineyard Sound presented the sailors with the kind of challenges that make this sailing area so remarkable. The east flowing tide was strong and moving in along East Chop. Only Juno was able to make steady progress to windward. The rest of the fleet found themselves falling below can 23A and had to tack. The original course called for a 10.1-nautical mile race, but the race committee shortened that to 2.4 nautical miles due to the lack of wind.
It took Juno more than an hour to make the distance with an average speed of two knots. The rest of the fleet, except for Kathleen, sailed over to the Cape encountering light and variable winds until 3:30 pm when a typical Vineyard westerly filled in. By then, the tide had turned slowing the fleet even more.
Juno saved her time and won the race winning all the prizes: The Pat West Memorial for first in fleet in corrected time, the Ingrid Robinson trophy for first schooner on corrected time, and the Zeb Tilton award for first schooner across the finish line.
In corrected time the order of finish was (1) Juno, Scott DiBasio, 1:16:22 (2) Kathleen, Tom Fallon, 2:05:57 (3) Charlotte, Nat Benjamin, 3:10:59 (4) Mary Eleanor, Paul C. Curran, 4:14:27 (5) Phra Luang, Jeff Robinson, 4:15:30, (6) Malabar II, Jim Lobdell, 4:16:07 (7) Valora, Theresa Carey, 4:16:41 (8) Rosalee, Geoff McCullough, 4:27:44.
Did not finish: Ayuthia, Celeste, Estrela, Glimmer, Julia Lee, Skipperkee, and Violet.
Ice Arena info
At the Martha's Vineyard Arena information is posted regarding four-week classes beginning October 1. Hockey Power Class for ages 9 and older, on Thursdays from 5:25 to 5:50 pm for a maximum of 20 skaters.
Beth Blankenship-O'Connor is the instructor. For more information, call 774-521-9870.
Also starting October 1 is a Figures Power Class taught by Jane Elizabeth Taylor for a maximum of 20 skaters 8 and older. Call 774-521-9870 to learn more.
The Arena has also posted dates for tournaments:
January 8-10 the Ryan Mone Memorial Squirt B tourney.
February 5-6-7 the Eric B.MacLean Memorial Mite B and Peewee B tourneys.
March 19-20-21 the Red Kennedy House Mites tournament.
This Sunday the Squirt C team is home to Barnstable at 10:40 am.
The Squirt B team plays Lower Cape a 11:50 am.
The PeeWee B squad hosts Nantucket at 1 pm.
Shelby led the way
Regrettably, The Times failed to mention sophomore Shelby Ferry among the Vineyard's top junior varsity girls cross-country runners who competed in the M.V. Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 12. In fact, Shelby led the Vineyard girls JV team, finishing the 5K run through the state forest in 27:13. She was 17th overall.
Kicks with D/Y
Last Friday the boys soccer team played to a scoreless tie at Dennis Yarmouth as the Island girls were losing to the Dolphins here, 1-4. Westport visited Saturday were repelled by the MV boys, 5-3.
The boys are at Somerset today. Next Thursday they take on Coyle-Cassidy here.
First Nantucket bowed out, pleading poverty and ending a 40-year rivalry that had attracted nation-wide attention in the past including reportage in the Honolulu Times and Life magazine. Then, after M.V. lost its season opener to Old Rochester in the closing minutes, here, Charlestown was unable to field eleven football players and forfeited its game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18.
The next three games are at home with Coyle & Cassidy, Friday, Sept. 25, with St. Mary's, Lynn, on Saturday, Oct. 3, and with Bishop Feehan on Friday, Oct. 9.
Then there are five games on the road: at Somerset, Seekonk, Cape Cod Regional Tech in Harwich, Bishop Stang in North Dartmouth, and South Shore Vocational in Hanover.
The season-ender is with Providence Country Day, here. It's not Nantucket but it's a football game, and maybe even a very good one.
Today the first of the fall interscholastic track meets will be held at the high school oval. Vineyard Haven takes on Edgartown and West Tisbury goes against Oak Bluffs.
Next week the meets will be held on Friday.
The Rotary Club of Martha's Vineyard is sponsoring Cycle Martha's Vineyard, a charity bike ride on Saturday, October 17, to benefit Rotary charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha's Vineyard.
Riders will have the option of a 50- or 100-kilometer route.
Registration fee is $100. Additional donations will be welcomed and appreciated but are not required. Registered riders are entitled to aid stations and assistance along the course, a tee-shirt, and a post-ride barbecue.
The ride begins and ends at the high school.
To register visit cyclemarthasvineyard.org.
Island dogs shine
Dianne Powers, Karen Ogden, Julia Humphreys, Susanna Sturgis, and Katy Upson, Vineyarders all, entered their dogs in the show at the Barnstable County Fairground in Falmouth three weeks ago, and returned to the Island bedecked with ribbons, titles and lots of stories.
Dianne's Great Dane, Sailor, scored another point in his quest for an AKC championship title by winning the "winners dog" class.
All the other dogs were entered in the Rally Obedience trials. Karen's Orion, an 11-year-old golden retriever, a former search and rescue dog, earned a Rally Advanced title. Julia's golden, Xochi, won his Rally Novice title. On Sunday the pair took the blue ribbon in the Novice A class scoring 99 of a possible 100.
Katy Upson, with Dundee, a Scottish terrier, and Susanna Sturgis with Travvy, a young Alaskan malamute, earned two legs on their Rally Novice titles, as did Karen's Nolan, an Australian shepherd.
Karen is a certified pet dog trainer in West Tisbury.