Football team wins in overtime, first win in new league
The Vineyard's first Eastern Athletic Conference football game, with Coyle & Cassidy at Dan McCarthy Field on Friday, was a dilly. After 44 minutes of hard-nosed football (11-minute quarters) the score was tied, 20-20. It took an overtime period to find a winner.
The scoreless first quarter featured an 11-play, 63-yard march by the Vineyard all but matched by an 11-play, 59-yard effort by the Warriors.
After changing directions for the second quarter, Coyle continued its march and six plays later scored the game's first TD on a one-yard plunge by Jack Birmingham, who did the heavy lifting for the Warriors.
Chris Preston's extra point kick was good. Coyle 7, M.V. 0
Starting on their 15-yard line, the Islanders went the length of the field on nine plays to score on a Tyler Araujo plunge. The extra point attempt failed when the centering pass could not be handled. Coyle 7, M.V. 6.
Before reaching the halfway point in the contest, the Warriors demonstrated their impressive passing game, upping the ante to 13 -6 via a 40-yard pass from Ryan Feeney to Kyle Cachopa. Preston's kick split the uprights and it was 14-6, the score at the half.
The Vineyard went three and punt to begin the second half, but Brian Montambault intercepted a pass for the Vineyard on the Warriors' 25. M.V. got as far as the 11 yard line but no further. The purple defense stiffened and forced a Coyle punt to the M.V. 35. Thirteen plays later Jette found Josh Baker in the end zone. Then Jette avoided tacklers running for a two-point conversion, evening the count at 14, the score as the game ended.
In overtime (required because it was a league game) the Islanders had first crack from the Coyle 10-yard line. Tyler Araujo ran for two then four more and reached the end zone on his third try. 20-14, Vineyard up. Jette zigged and zagged across the goal line, adding two more, 22-14.
Then it was Coyle's turn. They succeeded in scoring a touchdown as Feeney tossed to Jay Doherty, but the extra point attempt fell short and the Vineyard claimed the win, 22-20.
Outstanding on the Vineyard gutsy defense were Will deBettencourt, Andres Silva, and Thomas Tilton-Heylin.
Tyler Araujo ran for 128 yards on 24 carries.
This Saturday the Islanders host Saint Mary's of Lynn at 1 pm.
Harriers win, lose, cruise
The high school boys cross-country team conceded first and second place to Somerset's Cordeiro and McGinnis, Wednesday in the state forest, but then filled the 3 through 8 spots with Willy Nevin, Cooper Chapman, Max Conley, Mike Schroeder, Forrest Harcourt, and Anthony Piland. Taylor Smith and Michael Kendall finished 10th and 11th.
Final score: Martha's Vineyard 25, Somerset 33.
The Raider girls turned the tables on the Islanders claiming 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 for a score of 24. Megan Dreyer led all to the finish line. Shivonne Schofield and Julia Sadowski were at 5 and 6, Eva Balboni finished 9th and Hallie D'Angelo was 12th for a score of 33.
At the Manchester (N.H.) Invitational, Megan Dreyer finished seventh in a crowd of runners over the hilly course in the Granite State's largest city. She finished the run in 20:43. Shivonne Schofield was 56th in 23:01. Oyster River High of Durham, N.H. took top team honors.
In the girls JV race Hallie D'Angelo was 113th in 25:57 and Shelby Ferry 121st in 26:28.
Carter D'Angelo was 113th in the freshman run, ljust ahead of Cece Degregorio who was 123rd.
Willie Nevin led the Vineyard boys finishing 48th in 18:00 followed by Max Conley (67) in 18:10; Anthony Piland (71) in 18:28; Taylor Smith (106) in 19:17; Forrest Harcourt (109) in 19:22; Michael Kendall (123) in 19:42 and Warren Gowell (148) in 20:09. Overall, the Vineyard varsity boys placed 16th with a total time of 1:33:17. Coe-Brown Academy of Northwood, N.H. won in 1:24:37.
Cooper Chapman led the freshmen boys to the finish line in a 2.1-mile race to claim 11th place. Then came Michael Schroeder (22), Andrew Han (94), Patrick Garrett (105), Asher Cottrell (116), Ryan Sawyer (135), and Andrew Hakala (151). MV placed seventh overall, while Bishop Henricksen of Warwick, R.I. claimed the top spot.
As is their wont, the runners and their coaches cooled off by river rafting on the Kennebec in Maine. Coach Schroeder's brief account: "Rafting was very wet, very cold. Nothing we couldn't handle."
The MVRHS golf team won its third match of the season on Tuesday, dropping Somerset on Swansea's par-36 course, 259 to 274. Grant McCarthy had the one over par medalist round of 37. Alex Silverman carded 42, Mike deBettencourt 44, Corey Perotta 44, and both Chris Morris and Chris Davis finished at 46.
Stung by Stang
The high school field hockey team lost its game with Bishop Stang, here, Thursday, 3-1.
All the scoring came in the second half. Stang stung the Islanders with two quick goals following the break.
Kate Cecilio's goal, assisted by Brianna Davies and Olivia Gross, midway in the period brought the Islanders within one of a tie, but it was not to be. Instead, the Spartans picked up an insurance goal.
Friday, the girls collected their third win of the season, edging Seekonk, 2-1. Vineyard goals were by Lonni Phillips and Genevieve Hammond with assists by Martha Scheffer and Kate Cecilio.
Island schools meet
In the first of a series of interscholastic dual track meets, the West Tisbury Hawks flew higher than the Oak Bluffs Blazers in the boys meet, 42-26. The WesTiz boys swept the 100-meter dash and the long jump and took gold and silver in the 200 meters and hurdles. To no one's surprise, Jeremy Alley-Tarter won the mile, but gained only a point for his team as the Hawks Entner and Karabees finished second and third. Joe Murphy was a double winner (shot and 100 meters) for the Hawks.
The O.B. girls claimed victory over their up-Island rivals, 43-25. Blazers swept the shot put and the 100-meter dash. The lady Hawks ruled the long jump. Issy Smith doubled in the long jump and hurdles for the Hawks.
Tisbury vs. Edgartown
In the boys meet, Tisbury squeezed by the Shiretown team, 31-29, despite Eagle sweeps in the shot and discus. Tisbury placed first in all other events: long jump, 100 meters, 200 meters, hurdles, 4x100 relay and the mile.
The Edgartown girls ran away with the distaff meet, winning every event except the hurdles, sweeping the long jump and claiming 1-2 in the shot, discus, and mile. Final count: Edgartown 51, Tisbury 14.
The next interscholastic meets are tomorrow, Oct. 2, at the high school track.
George Tankard 5K backs NAACP
Thirty-seven runners competed in the eighth annual George V. Tankard Memorial 5K, Saturday, September 19, a benefit for the MV NAACP.
First to complete the run was 57-year-old Hank Sturage of St. John, Virgin Islands, in 23:16.
The rest of the top ten finishers were (2) Delmont Araujo, 15, Edgartown, 24:14; (3) Zachary Mahoney, 23, Vineyard Haven, 24:52; (4) Gail Voyer, 48, Vineyard Haven, 25:46; (the first female to finish); (5) John Giumarra, 32, Medford, 26:09; (6) Tom Pachler, 43, Farmington, Conn., 27:58; (7) Tanya Helm, 51, Providence, R.I., 28:26; (8) James Morris, 33, Barnstable, 29:54; (9) Brenda Gerosa-Bea, 58, Hingham, 30:19; and (10) Mia Gonsalves,53, Hoboken, N.J., 31:43.
The youngest runner was 11-year-old Devin Araujo of Vineyard Haven. He was 17th overall. The eldest was Joyce Rickson, 71, also of Vineyard Haven. She was19th.
Columbus Day 5K coming up
The 20th annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K road race, Sunday, October 11, will benefit the Island Affordable Housing Fund. Robert Wheeler, Co-President of the IAHF expressed gratitude to Roger Wey, Oak Bluffs, and all who help make the race possible.
Register for the 5K run/walk or the one-mile fun run at the Oak Bluffs town hall, library or at the Wesley Hotel Sunday from 9 to 10 am. Pre-registration fee is $15. Day of race fee is $20.
The Martha's Vineyard junior high football team lost its season opener to Somerset on Wednesday, September 23, here, 16-6. The Islanders gave the junior Raiders all they could handle. Tyler Paulson returned a punt 60 yards for the lone Vineyard score to bring the team within two, 6-8. The outcome of the game hung in the balance until Somerset scored a touchdown late in the third quarter.
Coach Delaney credited Kyle Stobie (110 yards rushing) and Tyler Paulson (85 yards rushing, one TD) for outstanding play on offense, and Joe Turney (4 sacks, 6 solo tackles) and Kyle Stobie (10 tackles) for defensive honors.
The Islanders next game is with Mashpee, Wednesday, October 7.
Honors for the coach
Bob Nute, former music teacher and girls basketball coach at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, will be inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 22, at a banquet in the Hogan Center of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
Bob will be joining his long-time friend and fellow basketball coach Jay Schofield in the Hall. Bob and Jay met as members of the faculty at Marlboro High in New Hampshire and their basketball coaching careers on the Vineyard overlapped.
From 1970 to 1991, the Vineyard girls basketball teams won 293 games and lost 83. They were state champions in 1979 and 1981. They won four sectional titles, 10 league titles, one co-league title and one three-way league title.
Bob Nute was chosen Cape and Islands coach of the year repeatedly.
For much of his coaching career Bob was assisted by his wife, Shauna.
Alexa Fisher of Aquinnah, a freshman at Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I. was praised for her defensive efforts by head Field Hockey Coach Jennifer Eldridge following the Seahawks defeat of Fitchburg State, 2-1, Tuesday.
Youth hockey opener
Tristan Araujo's hat trick was not quite enough to match Lower Cape, Sunday, at the M.V. Arena, even with Josh Forend adding a fourth point. The Squirt B teams were tied at four late in the final period, but with 36 seconds on the clock L.C. scored the winning goal. Forend assisted on each of Araujo's goals. Kylie Hatt also had an assist. Zach Fullin was the M.V. goalie.
The Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth offers a three-week introduction to curling beginning Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1 pm. Each session (also Nov. 1 and 8) will be three hours long and cover fundamentals, strategies, courtesies, on ice practice, and actual curling games. Total cost is $40.
Those who attend should bring soft-soled sneakers and a sweater. The club is a volunteer not-for-profit club.
Sign up online at www.capecodcurling.org, or call Phil Bruce at 508-240-4593.