Volleyball season opens
The interscholastic volleyball season arrived Tuesday with Oak Bluffs visiting West Tisbury and Tisbury entertaining Edgartown.
At West Tisbury, the Hawks varsity won three of the four games played. Game one featured a 12- point run, including 8 aces, with Tim Roberts serving. Final score: W.T. 25, O.B. 21.
Close all the way, the second went into the Blazers' column, 25-22.
Game three was a run-away for the up-Islanders, 25-8.
Both coaches substituted freely in the fourth, to give all players some time on the court. WesTis closed out the match, 25-22.
The Blazers junior varsity took game one, in overtime, 26-24. WesTiz responded with a one-sided win, 25-5. The shortened third game tie-breaker went to the Hawks,15-9.
Ariana Warren's 16-point service was noteworthy.
At Vineyard Haven the host Tisbury Tigers won everything, defeating the Edgartown Eagles varsity three games in a row: 25-11, 25-22, and 25-23. The Tisbury junior varsity was equally dominant, winning twice.
Today West Tisbury is at Edgartown and Tisbury invades Oak Bluffs.
The M.V. Youth Hockey PeeWees took the gold last weekend at Lake Placid in the CanAm Youth Hockey tourney, defeating select teams from New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
After going 4-0, the Islanders reached the finals with the Bridgewater (Mass.) Bears. At the end of regulation play the teams were deadlocked. In overtime both teams shed a player after two minutes of scoreless hockey. First it was 4 on 4, then 3 on 3, 2 on 2, and finally 1 on 1. Emerson Mahoney scored the deciding goal.
The M.V. relay team of Dorian Johnson, Aubrey Ashmun, Cooper Rogers, and Emerson Mahoney won their event in the skills competition.
Coaches Mick Vukota and Joe Merry were proud of their charges, especially as many complimented the team for its sportsmanship and behavior on and off the ice.
Second to Sandwich
The M.V. boys 7th-grade travel basketball team took second place at the South Plymouth St. Patrick's tournament last weekend. Saturday, the Vineyarders defeated St. Pat's, 35-14, and Nauset, 40-24. Tim Roberts had the game-high 13 against St. Pat's. Colin Cameron led the parade to the Nauset hoop, scoring 15. Alex GordonBeck added 10 and Matt Stone 5.
Sunday morning the Islanders faced powerhouse Sandwich, with a berth in the semi-finals at stake. M.V. could lose and still make the semis if they kept Sandwich under 38 points, no easy task as the Islanders had lost to Sandwich during the season, 61-32.
Stone, Spencer Schofield, Mike Mussell, and Ben Poole led an aggressive defensive effort as the Islanders bowed in a tight game, 29-26, good enough to earn a wild card ticket to the semis.
Sunday afternoon the Vineyarders met Carver, winner to take on Sandwich in the finals. The game see-sawed but found the Vineyarders down by three with one minute left on the clock. Colin Cameron drained a three with 12 seconds remaining, sending the contest into overtime. The teams swapped defensive moves until, with seconds remaining, Ben Poole was fouled driving to the hoop. Ben cashed one to give M.V. the edge and the game, 39-38, with the right to go yet again against Sandwich.
The final was much the same as previous tussles with the Knights. Late in the second half, M.V. found itself trailing by ten. A surge narrowed the gap to three, but the Cape boys closed the door claiming the championship title, 34-29. GordonBeck had the M.V. high with 16.
RCBL week eleven
The RCBL-leading Suns and the Heat went right on winning defeating the Lakers and the Bulls at the Boys & Girls Club, Monday.
In the first game of the evening, the Suns jumped off to an 11-point lead, 15-4 in the first six minutes, then kept that margin to finish the frame ahead, 32-21.
The Suns dimmed early in the second quarter and the Lakers took advantage coming within one, 41-40, with five minutes left in the period. But when the buzzer sounded signaling the mid-game break, the Suns were ahead by 10, 54-44.
At the beginning of the second half the Lakers changed tactics to play a long-range game and it worked. Jordan MacNeil buried four treys, Heath Estrella had three, and both Caleb Nicholson and Noah Hazelton hit twice.
At the three-quarter mark the Suns' lead had shrunk to four, 80-76.
But the Lakers could not keep up the three-point shooting game and finally ran out of gas. In the last three minutes of the game, the Suns scored seven unanswered points to claim, 113-102.
In Monday's late game the Heat dominated in the first period, 33-20 and arrived at the break 23 points ahead, 57-34.
The teams played the second half even and the hot ones coasted to a 98-77 win. Top scorer for the Heat (and high for the game) was Tim Penicaud with 23 points. Sandy Fisher, Ryan Murtha, Matt Rivers, and Damon Mello all scored in double figures.
High for the Bulls were Ryan Kurth 17, Tyson Lippincott (14), and Chris Laursen (11).
Duplicate bridge results
There were 4.5 tables in play in West Tisbury on March 11. 1 Ency and Robert Fokos; 2 Barbara Besse and Hugh Knipmeyer; 3 Cecily Greenaway and Bill Blakesley; 4/5 (tie) Barbara and Susan Silk; 4/5 (tie) Patsy McCornack and Gail Farrish.
On March 16, there were 5.5 tables in Vineyard Haven. 1 Ency and Robert Fokos; 2 Dottie Arnold and Foster Greene; 3 Barbara Besse and Bob Iadicicco; 4 David Donald and Michel Riel.
At Sandwich the 7-8 grade girls travel basketball team swamped Acushnet, 33-6. Hayley Maciel scored a game-high 16 points.
The Islanders lost to the host team, Sandwich, 47-19. Mariah Duarte had 8, Katherine deBettencourt 7.
The Islanders then bowed to Falmouth in a breath-holder, 38-35. Kat deBettencourt led M.V. scorers with 16. Mariah Duarte added 10.
Last weekend the Islanders lost to Falmouth again, 45-37. Kat deBettencourt and Hayley Maciel each had 11 points.
In a second game M.V. came in second to Falmouth, 54-38. Katherine deBettencourt and Mariah Duarte were tops with 16 and 9 points.
This weekend the girls are entered in the Berkley Spring Slam.
Taylor MacDonald, of the Island athletic MacDonald clan, now at Eastern Connecticut State University, was named defensive player of the first week of the Little East Conference women's lacrosse season. Against Salve Regina, Taylor collected six ground balls, controlled three draws, and caused a pair of turnovers. Against Babson, Taylor controlled a season-high nine draws.
12th St. Pat's 5K
The 12th annual Ocean View St. Patrick's 5K road race, a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club, steps off at 10:30 am on Sunday, March 28, from the Ocean View in Oak Bluffs.
Register ($20) for the 5K Monday through Friday at the B&G and Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Ocean View, or online (mvbgclub.org). Register for the Little Leprechaun run is $5.
All runners are entered into a drawing for a $100 college scholarship.
This is a MV Grand Prix Runners Event on a certified 3.1-mile course.
The registration deadline of the fundraiser benefit for the boys and girls high school tennis teams, to be held at Vineyard Youth Tennis, is next Thursday, March 25, at 6 pm. Money raised will pay for uniforms for the high school tennis teams. A mens/boys round robin will be played Saturday from 9 to 12 and 12 to 3 with a luncheon to follow. The ladies/girls round robin will be Sunday from 9 to 12 and 12 to 3, luncheon following.
Entry fee s $50 per person. It is not necessary to sign up with a partner.
Entry forms are available at www.vineyardtennis.com, or call 508-693-7762, or drop by the Vineyard Youth Tennis office.
On February 25, Robert and David O'Sullivan, Brenda Welch, and Cosmo Creanger took the money by defeating Don Welty, Linda Wood, Pete Searle, and Mike Lupinsky, 7-4.
March 4, the O'Sullivan team won again, this time besting Ray Blanchette, John Andriotis, Mike Dow, and Tom Landers, 8-3.
The next week, March 11, Don Welty's crew absconded with the lucre, trouncing Ray Blanchette's team, 9-2.
League Standings: (1) Robert O'Sullivan's 39 (2) Donny Welty's 36 (3) Wes Wood's 34.
David O'Sullivan, Donny Welty, Linda Wood, and Ray Blanchette are tied each with five single matches won.
Robert O'Sullivan leads with 12 tons.
Disc Golf returns
The sixth annual M.V. Disc Golf Tournament tees off Saturday, March 20, at the course in the State Forest off Barnes Road. Register from 8:30-9 am. For more information, call Jake at 617-816-7400.