Twentieth Columbus 5K
One hundred ninety-eight runners, 42 more than last year, completed the 20th annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K, Sunday, led by Scott Bosworth, 45, of Hingham in 17:38, one second better than Adam Johnson's 2008 winning time. Second was the 13 year-old Oak Bluffs speedster, Jeremy Alley-Tarter in 18:42.
The rest of the top ten finishers were (3) Taylor Smith, 17, West Tisbury, 18:48; (4) Erin Merritt, 25, New York City, first female finisher, 19:25; (5) Preston Merritt, 22, Trumbull, Conn., 19:43; (6) Todd Cleland, 40, Oak Bluffs, 19:44, a personal record; (7) Neil Wheaton, 42, Winchester, 19:49; (8) Geoffrey Howe, 47, Harwinton, Conn., 19:56; (9) Patrick Parker, 48, Oak Bluffs, 19:57; (10) Michael Kendall, 17, Vineyard Haven, 20:09.
Top female runners trailing Erin Merritt (see above) were (17) Julia Schmidt, 36, North Attleboro, 20:45; (25) Christine Bald, 41, Davenport, Iowa, 21:20; (26) Katrina Delgadillo, 29, Vineyard Haven, 21:28; (29) Stacia Broderick, 31, Chilmark, in 21:48.
Other Vineyarders finishing 25th or better were: (13) John Breen, 13, Edgartown, 20:27; (15) Dana Gaines, 52, of Edgartown, 20:37; (16) Michael Goldsmith, 47, Chilmark, 20:44; (18) Silas Berlin, 11, Vineyard Haven, 20:49; (19) Blake Edmunds, 36, Vineyard Haven, 20:50; (20) Joe Schroeder, 46, West Tisbury, 20:51; and (23) Jack Breen, 48 of Edgartown, 20:57.
Forty-eight people walked the course. First to cross the finish line was 11-year-old Leo Poland of Barrington, R.I., one second ahead of 52-year-old Annie Frye of Hopkinton, N.H.
The fun run
Thirty youngsters and one adult ran the one-mile fun run prior to the 5K, Winner in 6:22 was 12-year-old Matthew Flathers of Southboro. At 7:10 in second place was 11-year-old Ben Hartman of Natick, just one second ahead of his 10-year-old brother, Sam.
L.J. Lavalette, 10, of South Glastonbury, Conn. was 4th in 7:16.
At fifth was yet another Natick Hartman, 7-year-old Daniel in 7:17.
Jake Lavalette, 8, of South Glastonbury, Sarah Rehak, 12, of Topsfield and Alex Doty, 11, of Litchfield Conn., filled the 6 to 8 holes. Then came (9) Hannah Moffatt, 14, of Framingham, (10) Taylor Rogers, 8, of Vineyard Haven, and (11) Henry Wheaton, 7, of Winchester.
The one adult, Dee Dice, ran with her 10-year-old daughter, Sienna.
Rocked by Shamrocks
Bishop Feehan's football team lived up to its reputation and handed the Vineyard a convincing 35-7 shellacking, Friday.
The Islanders ran away with last week's game versus St Mary's of Lynn as the MV offensive line opened holes for quarterback Randall Jette to run for a possible record setting 247 yards .
But this Friday was an entirely different story. M.V. had been well scouted by the Shamrocks and Jette was stopped before he could break into an open field. His main handoff partner, Tyler Araujo, was equally hamstrung by the bigger and stronger Feehan line.
The only Island touchdown came following a 52-yard pass from Jette to Lamar Moreis, a play which, with an extra point, temporarily tied the score at 7 in the second quarter.
The Shamrocks quickly reclaimed the lead on their next possession, scoring on a 43-yard, six-play effort. The score was 14-7 at the half.
Bishop Feehan dominated the play even more in the second half, putting the ball in play 44 times to the Vineyard's 16.
They upped the ante to 21-7 on a short plunge by quarterback Boland and converted the extra point kick.
The score went to 28-7 early in the fourth quarter and 35-7 following a 71-yard, seven-play assault. With two complete lines, one playing offense, the other defense, Bishop Feehan was able to keep a rested team on the field.
The next five games for the Vineyard are off Island. beginning with Somerset on Friday.
Both Vineyard soccer teams took on Somerset in EAC games, Tuesday.
The boys played here and won, 5-2. They were never headed. Somerset managed to tie the score at one in the first half and at two in the second. But then the Vineyarders pulled away, taking advantage of a penalty kick and an own goal to finish on top, 5-2.
It was the second time this season that M.V. had defeated Somerset and raised the team's season record to 5-5-1.
The girls team lost at Somerset, 2-0.
The Martha's Vineyard Cape & Island Squirt C ice hockey team was overmatched by Wareham at the Arena, Sunday, losing to the visitors 8-5. The visiting Vikings took 68 shots on goal, 60 of them were blocked by Catha Robinson in her first shot at goal keeping. Willson Slayton scored all of the Vineyard goals, two in the first period, three in the second. Two of Slayton's goals were of the break-away, unassisted kind.
Saturday the MVYH Squirt B squad lost to SWS, 9-2. Tristan Araujo and J.J. Mendez filled the net for the Vineyard. Colin Buckley assisted. Goalie Zack Fullin made 26 saves.
At the Tony Kent Arena, the Y/D Dolphins held the Vineyarders to a single goal, by Austin Morley, and won 4-1, despite good work in the net by Caleb Hallett and impressive games by Emily Hammet, Oliver Lane, and Michael Mazza.
Also Saturday, the MV Youth Hockey Cape & Islands Junior High's shut out Yarmouth/Dennis, 2-0 at the Tony Kent Arena in Dennis.
The MVYH Neponset Valley League Junior High team played well but lost a squeaker to Oliver Ames, Friday, 2-3.
The MVYH Junior High team shut out the Y/D Junior Highs, 2-0 at the Tony Kent.
Friday's interscholastic dual track meets produced some one-sided results. For instance, the West Tisbury girls defeated the Edgartown girls, 64-4.
The up-Islanders took all of the points in the discus, long jump, 200-meter sprint, hurdles and mile and were first and second in the 100. Emily Turney was a double winner, in the shot put and discus.
The boys meet was closer but no cliffhanger. West Tisbury's margin of victory was 54-14. W.T. won each event but the only sweeps were in the mile and 100. Like his sister, Joe Turney doubled in the throws - shot put and discus. He was also second in the 100.
Even more dominant were the Oak Bluffs girls over Tisbury, 66-1. Tisbury's lone point was Casey McAndrews's third place in the hurdles. Mariah Duarte was a double winner, in the shot put and hurdles. Molly Wallace won both the discus throw and the 100.
The Oak Bluffs boys won five of the nine events. Matt Marchand won both the shot put and the discus. Seroja Bernier was first in the long jump and hurdles for Tisbury. O.B. swept the throws and took 1-2 in the mile where Jeremy Alley-Tarter's winning time of 6:17 was 48 seconds better than his teammate Jeff McCormick, who was second.
This Thursday is the track and field season finale, the quadrilateral meet, the winner of which claims the Island school championship.
Over hill, dale
In the South Coast Cross-Country Challenge at Brooklawn Park, New Bedford, Vineyard runners who were not taking the SATs had some of their best times of the year. Meg Dreyer finished fifth of 108 harriers in 19:54. Shivonne Schofield was 23rd at 22:07. Eva Balboni came in 39th in 23:45.
In the boys race, of 103 runners, Max Conley was 12th in 17:42 and Anthony Piland 16th at 17:57.
In the Freshman-Sophomore girls competition Shelby Ferry was 43rd out of 76 runners in 26:24.
Out of 157 participating boys, Cooper Chapman finished 8th in 18:16, Michael Schroeder was 16th in 18:32, and Warren Gowell 41st in 19:46.
The cross-country teams were home to Bishop Stang yesterday. The EAC league meets will be Saturday, October 24.
Born in Boston, educated in Massachusetts and at Yale, Angelo Bartlett Giamatti was president of Yale from 1978 to 1986, when he left to become president of baseball's National League. Three years later he was elected Baseball Commissioner. He had a summer home on the Vineyard and died in the hospital here on September 1, 1989, after suffering a massive heart attack, He was a life-long Red Sox fan. The following is an excerpt from "The Green Fields of the Mind" which some may find timely.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops."
Youth Basketball tryouts
Tryouts for the M.V. Youth Basketball teams is Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Boys & Girls Club, Edgartown.
8th grade boys at noon
7th grade boys at 10:30 am
6th grade boys at 1:30 pm
5th and 6th grade girls at 3 pm
7th and 8th grade girls at 4:30 pm
For more information, call 508-693-5341.