Girls perfect at home
The MV Regional High School girls varsity team defeated Wayland at the Sancy Pachico Gym, last Wednesday, 44-37. It was their third win at home in as many starts and their fifth win overall, against two losses.
Freshman Jennie Lindland scored a game-high 13 points, 11 in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Jillian Sedlier added seven, including a 3-pointer. Seniors Katie Hines and Alicia Oliveira each had six.
Katie also led the Vineyard's board-crashers, grabbing 11 off the glass.
Also scoring: Hanna Persson 4, Maddy Penicaud 4, Alex Mark 2, Crystal Miske 2.
Coach Stewart's girls next test will be at Attleboro versus Bishop Feehan, Saturday at 4 pm. The following week they take on Somerset here, Tuesday, and Wareham on Friday.
Monday evening, at the MV Boys & Girls Club, the Suns ran away from the Hornets, 110-80, and the Heat outlasted the Lakers, 98-92 in the weekly RCBL double feature.
James Holenko (29), Sterling Bishop (29) and Tim Scott (27) shone brightest for the Suns. Joe McCormick (21) and Ryan Kurth (21) led the Hornets' response.
The Suns all but doubled the Hornets score in the first quarter, 30-16, and increased their lead to 22 by the half: 59-37.
The Suns polished their unblemished record to 4-0 keeping the Hornets in the league cellar at 0-4.
In the nightcap, the Lakers stayed close to the Heat through the first half, even took a six-point lead midway through the first quarter, 22-16. The score was tied at 86 halfway through the final period, thanks in large part to a blitz of treys - three in a row - by John Healy. But that was the high water mark for the Lakers and the Heat turned it on to finish with a six-point edge, 98-92.
Jason Dyer (24), Damon Mello (24) and Brant Silvia (23) were hottest for the Heat.
John Healy (20), John LaBell (19), and Heath Estrella (15) paced the Lakers' attack.
Greg Rollins and Richie Roy wore the striped shirts
The Heat improved to 3-1. The Lakers fell to 1-3.
Scoring in every period while holding their Island hosts scoreless, the Framingham Flyers, the third-ranked team in Massachusetts Division One boys high school hockey, defeated the Vineyarders at the MV Arena, Saturday, 5-0.
The home side skated hard and played well, if a bit tentatively at times. Unfortunately, a near-perfect performance was required. Framingham was deep, mistake free, allowed few rebounds, and got superb goaltending from Cam Chassie when they needed it.
The Islanders were strongest in period one, doing a good job of containing the Flyers, limiting scoring chances, and clogging up the ice. The Vineyarders eventually paid a price, though, for giving the visitors too much space in the corners. The Flyers threw the puck into the crease and snuck a garbage goal under Vineyard netminder Louis Jacobs-Walsh, who had a good night while facing substantial pressure.
The Flyers were quick to take advantage of any opening the Islanders gave them. Cam Leary potted two power play goals and Alex Owens converted on a nifty tic-tac-toe counterattack following a good Vineyard scoring chance.
M.V. never stopped skating, though. Darren Gazaille, Chris Davies, and Henry Smith buzzed around the Flyer cage to no avail, but the hosts forged a 9-8 shot on goal advantage in the final period. Over all, the Flyers had 31 SOG to M.V.'s 18.
Hockey gear, please
Wanted: second hand, hockey paraphernalia not being used, sizes first through eighth grades and adult, especially adult goalie equipment.
If you have such things hanging in the cellar, the barn, the attic, etc. and are willing to have it used, please call Beth O'Connor at 774-521-9870.
The annual Vineyard Youth Tennis Round Robin extravaganza will be held at VYT (at the blinker) Thursday to Sunday, February 4 to 7. There will be men's and ladies' doubles with A, B., and C categories. Registration fee for adult teams is $80, junior teams $60.
The popular event features round-robin matches within designated time frames.
There will also be a silent auction during the event with some great items open for bid. The event begins at 5:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 4, with a cocktail party and a junior exhibition between the Island's top juniors, Kent Leonard and Reid Yennie.
Funds raised by the auction and entry fees will benefit the VYT Scholarship Fund, which sends deserving youngsters to tennis camps in Florida as well as bringing special guest coaches to the Vineyard.
Entry forms are available at vineyardyouthtennis.org and at the VYT center near the blinker in Oak Bluffs.
Youth Hockey action
The MV Youth hockey program has returned to its wonted business following a year-end/beginning holiday break.
Last Saturday, Jan. 2, the MVYH PeeWee B team dropped Bourne at the Gallo Arena, 5-2.
On the same day, the MVYH Squirt C squad pummeled the YD Squirt C's at the Tony Kent Arena, Dennis, twice, 9-0 and 7-2.
At the MV Arena, in a Neponset Valley League game, the Vineyard Squirt B team bested the Barnstable/Hirsch Squirt B's 5-3.
Sunday, at the Falmouth Arena, the MVYH PeeWee B Open team bowed to SWS Peewee B, 4-1.
At Tabor Academy in Marion, the Baystate Breakers Squirt B squad beat the MVYH Squirt B's, 5-2.
Also Sunday, at the MV Arena, the MVYH Squirt C team played a double-header with Lower Cape Squirt C.
Ryan Mone Memorial
The MV Youth Hockey Program welcomes Squirt B teams from Falmouth, Franklin, and Providence for the Ryan Mone Memorial Squirt B tournament, Friday to Sunday, Jan. 8-10.
Scheduled games: Friday: Falmouth vs. M.V. at 6:10 pm, Franklin vs. Providence 7:20 pm. Saturday, Falmouth vs. Franklin 7:00 pm, Providence vs. M.V. 8:10 pm.
Sunday, Jan. 10: Consolation game at 9:30 am, Championship game at 10:40 am.
In girls interscholastic league action, Tuesday, at West Tisbury, the Tisbury Tigers won an overtime contest, 47-44.
The final minute of regulation play was especially tense. Down by six with 55 seconds on the clock, Emily Turney hit from long range for WesTiz cutting the lead in half. Samantha Maltais cashed one of two from the foul line. With seven seconds remaining, Lucy Hackney drove up the floor, spotted an open Maltais who drained the tying hoop with one second remaining.
Maya Houston was key to the Tisbury offense, scoring a game-high 24, while making all the right passes in OT.
Lucy Hackney led the Up-Island Hawks with 14. Both Maltais and Turney contributed 11.
At Oak Bluffs, also Tuesday, the lady Blazers outscored the visiting Edgartown Eagles, 50-24. Kat deBettencourt led O.B. with 16 points. Mariah Duarte added 10 more. Kenya Peters collected 10 rebounds, more than half off the offensive glass.
The boys interscholastic teams play today.