Forty-year-old David Diriwachter of Vineyard Haven was the first to reach the finish line of the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Oak Bluffs last Thursday. David's time of 18:20 was 26 seconds ahead of Paul Vertefeuille, 45, of Oak Bluffs, who was second at 18:46, and 41 seconds better than last year's winning time of 19:01 by Mark Desautelle of Darien, Conn.
The other top ten finishers were: (3) Richard Strock, 45, Brookline, 19:17; (4) Ian Parmiter, 51, Fairfield, Conn., 19:58; (5) Gene Hull, 52, Oak Bluffs, 20:20; (6) Michael Goldsmith, 47, of Chilmark, 20:27; (7) Robert Ogden, 43, Vineyard Haven, 20:44; (8) Samuel McGrath, 14, of Norwood, 20:48; (9) Dana Gaines, 52, Edgartown, 20:49; and (10) Dan Vaughan, 44, Edgartown, 20:53.
The first ten women to complete the run were (11) Katherine Forbes, 44, of Hingham in 20:58; (14) Fiona Townes, 48, Tisbury, 21:45; (15) Allison Miller, 16, Barrington, R.I., 22:13; (18) Rebecca Zeidel, 25, Newton, 22:23; (24) Kate McLean, 25, Oak Bluffs, 23:36; (26) Kelly Laferriere, 36, Southport, Conn., 24:03; (29) Julia Barron, 13, Braintree, 24:30; (30) Katherine Fearey, 13, Duxbury, 24:32 (32) Lisa Schroeder, 42, Oak Bluffs, 25:13 and (33) Brenda Wallis, 42, Vineyard Haven, 25:18.
The event raised some $1,500 for winter warming of Island elders.
Reppert wins 5K for KJ
Mark Reppert, 18, a June graduate of Martha's Vineyard Regional high school and now a freshman at Manhattan College, won the fifth annual 5K for KJ cross-country race, Saturday, leading 148 runners over the high school's course and completing the run in 18:12.02, more than a minute ahead of 30-year-old Matt Wikstrom of Los Angeles who was second at 19:15:81.
The rest of the top ten finishers were (3) Cooper Chapman, 14, Chilmark, 19:21:44; (4) Paul Vertefeuille, 45, Oak Bluffs, 19:38:78; (5) Ben Bosworth, 14, Hingham, 19:46:96; (6) Scott Bosworth, 45, Hingham, 19:47:35; (7) Max Conley, 17, West Tisbury, 19:53:36: (8) Mason Fischer, 21, Burlington, Vt., 20:04:56; (9) David Gaffey, 34, Oak Bluffs, 20:45:66 and (10) Silas Berlin,11, Vineyard Haven, 21:15:16.
Max Conley won the race last year beating his '09 time by almost a minute.
The first female to complete the run was 46-year-old Robin Breen of Edgartown in 23:28:83. She was 16th overall. Robin was followed by Emy Bosworth,13, from Hingham, who was 21st in 23:57:93; 23rd was Amy Porter of Cambridge in 24:02:80; 25th was Catharine Tack, 26, of Arlington, Virginia in 24:24:66; 26th was Kate Mahoney, 19, of Oak Bluffs, in 24:29:14; 27th was Jill Robie, 45, of Vineyard Haven in 24:30:59; 28th was Lisa Schroeder, 42, of Oak Bluffs in 24:40:61 and 34th was Margaret D'Angelo, 44, of West Tisbury in 25:44:47.
The youngest runner to go the distance was 7-year-old Sophie Driscoll of Milton. She made it in 46:49:36, good for 89th overall.
It was a bright, all but cloudless day - brisk, with strong, gusty winds. Funds raised were designated for the Kevin Johnson Cross Country Scholarship Fund.
Suns cooled by Heat
The four-team RCBL edged toward its season opener, Monday evening, with a scrimmage between the Heat and the Suns won by the Heat in the final minute after trailing by as many as 11 points through most of the fourth quarter.
It was strictly a game for fun and exercise without a referee or Jerry Maciel to compile the stats.
Last night the Hornets, formerly the Bulls, scrimmaged with the Lakers.
The RCBL begins play for real on Monday, Dec. 7, with the Lakers taking on the Heat at 6:15 pm and the Hornets going after the Suns at 8 pm.
Over the hill
Not enough soccer players showed up to field two complete teams of 11 players, Sunday, but nine on nine provided lots of action and good soccer by both the under 40 and over 40 players, also known as the Vineyard Football Club (VFC) Masters.
Apparently no one kept score but all agree that the Vineyard Football Club of under-40 players scored a few more goals than their seniors.
Elder statesman Bob Hammond, former high school boys soccer coach, thought the score was tied at the half, 3-3, and that the older players tired some in the second half and the under-40s took advantage.
But it was all in good spirits. "The weather was beautiful. The field was great. There was lots of good soccer," Bob said.
The games will continue as weather permits providing the Masters with opportunities for team development and roster building. The goal is a roster of 30 players, the better to compete in the New England Over The Hill Soccer League next spring and summer.
Last Sunday Matt Gamache of Vineyard Haven won the 2009 M.V. Rod & Gun Club's Top Gun award. Matt bested other members of the club in the three categories of standing deer, slug turkey, and five over the shoulder targets.
Tom Hanlon of Edgartown repeated as runner-up in the competition and Cliff Meehan of Edgartown was third.
Gunners enjoyed the great weather and camaraderie as they sited in their shotguns for the deer season which began the next day while vying for the donated Cronig's Market hams and scallops from Coop's Tackle Shop.
The club's annual Black Powder Shoot for users of muzzle loading firearms, both modern and primitive, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Another straight man
Jiri Luncar of Vineyard Haven is the latest addition to the MV Rod & Gun Club's Skeet Straight Club. Jiri powdered 25 clay pigeons in a row on Wednesday with his 12 gauge shotgun, the more remarkable as he had only a few months experience at skeet shooting and he accomplished the feat in a blustery and cold northeaster.
By custom, Jiri's cap was peppered with pellets by marksmen who had previously earned the honor. Jim will receive an enameled 25 straight pin and his name will be added to the Skeet Straight Club plaque in the clubhouse.
Jim also won the small caliber pistol prize with a score of 330 of 400. Jon Cristea of Edgartown won the large caliber pistol prize.
On the brink of winter games
The Interscholastic Basketball League season begins Tuesday, Dec. 8, with girls teams in action. Tisbury is hostess to Edgartown and West Tisbury to Oak Bluffs.
Boys IBL games will be played on Thursdays.
Winter sports (basketball and ice hockey) for high school teams begin Thursday, Dec. 10, when the MV girls basketball team plays Wareham here at 5:30 pm. A junior varsity game will tip off at 3:45 pm.
The next day, Friday, Dec. 11, the boys JV hockey team is home to Falmouth at 6 pm and the varsity visits Bridgton Academy for a 6 pm face-off.
Saturday, Dec. 12, the MV girls varsity hockey team is home to Whitman Hanson at 1 pm and the boys varsity basketball team opens its season at Sandwich at 5 pm.
MV Youth Hockey teams have been playing for weeks, and the sixth grade girls travel basketball squad wet their feet at Falmouth Academy two weeks ago.
EAC Fall sports
The Eastern Athletic Conference, of which the Vineyard is a member issued statistics for fall sports.
At football, MV (3-2) ranked third behind Bishop Feehan and Somerset, before Coyle Cassidy and Bishop Stang.
In rushing Randall Jette, with 91.75 yards per game, was third behind Scarafone of Coyle with 148.75 and Schweiger of Feehan with 112.25.
Tyler Araujo was eighth at 68.50 yards per game.
Jette was third at passing.
Araujo's four touchdowns and three extra points placed him fourth in league scoring. Jette's three TDs made him sixth.
At 4-1, the boys cross-country team finished second to Feehan in the league. The MV girls finished fourth.
The MVRHS golf team was third behind Feehan and Stang, ahead of Coyle and Somerset.
The boys soccer team was third, but it included the first and third league high scorers: Leandro Trinidade, first, with 12 goals and 8 assists and Felip Freitas, third, (8 and 6). Rafael Maciel ranked third best at goalie.
The Vineyard girls soccer team finished last in the league with no league wins, seven losses.
At field hockey the Vineyarders were third behind Somerset, and Bp. Stang. (Bp. Feehan does not play field hockey).
Kate Cecilio was the sixth high scorer at 10 goals and 6 assists. Hayley Pierce was ninth with 3 and 10. Amanda Rose and Savannah Lawson were second and fourth as goalies.
The EAC has published its list of fall sports all stars.
Thomas Tilton-Heylin, DJ Kaeka, Lamar Moreis, and Randall Jette made it to the 26 players league all-star football team.
Leandre Andrade and Felipe Freitas were two of the 14 all-star boys soccer players.
Crystal Miske is one of 14 all-star girls soccer players.
Cooper Chapman is one of 10 league all-star boys cross-country runners.
Megan Dreyer is one of 10 league girls cross-country all stars.
Hayley Pierce, Kate Cecilio, and Taylor Perotta were named to the league's 14 player all-star field hockey team.
Grant McCarthy was one of 10 golf all-stars.
Squirts at Foxboro
The MV Youth Hockey Squirt B squad entered the Thanksgiving Goblet tournament at the Foxboro Sports Center, Friday and Saturday.
In their first game of the tourney the Islanders lost to the South Shore Conquistadors, 7-5. M.V. goals were by Josh Forend (2), James Lukowitz, Jacob Gunderson, and Colin Buckley. Assists were credited to Forend, Kylie Hatt, Tristan Araujo, and Jackson Mahaffey. Zach Fullin was the goalie.
Later the same day, the Vineyarders dropped Burlington 4-1, in what coach Bruce Mahaffey called "the team's best performance of the year."
Josh Forend scored twice again, as did Tristan Araujo. Assisting were Jackson Mahaffey and Forend.
Fullin tended goal again.
On Saturday, the NEH Devils edged the Islanders, 3-2.
M.V. goals were by Colin Buckley and Tristan Araujo with help from Jackson Mahaffey and Shay Sullivan.
In the tourney semi-final, the KP/Walpole team feasted on Vineyard fare, 10-1.
Also Saturday, the M.V. Neponset Valley League Junior Highs bowed to Nauset, 5-3, at the Arena .