Young Alley-Tarter wins the St. Pat's
Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Alley-Tarter of Oak Bluffs won the 12th annual Saint Patrick's Day 5K road race on Sunday, finishing the run in 17:26, just two seconds ahead of Mark Engerman, 45, of Concord and 14 seconds off the race record of 17:12, set by Jeremy Tilton in 2004.
Jeremy Alley-Tarter's time was a full minute faster than last year's winner, David Diriwachter, then 43, of Tisbury. In 1009 Alley-Tarter finished second in 19:18.
According to his father, Richard Tarter, Jeremy looks forward to running the 3,000-meter race for 13- to 14-year olds at the Junior Olympics in Sacramento this July.
The rest of Sunday's top ten finishers were (3) Scott Bosworth, 45, Edgartown, 17:59; (4) Todd Cleland, 40, Oak Bluffs, 19:25; (5) Blake Edmunds, 36, Tisbury, 20:30; (6) Lenny Verville, 46, Oak Bluffs, 20:34; (7) Marc Natichioni, 15, of Tisbury, 20:48; (8) Ryan Natichioni, 22, Tisbury, 21:25; (9) Joel Graves, 30, Edgartown, 21:45; (10) Paul Vertefeuille, 45, Tisbury, 27:19.
It was a real Island race. Twenty-eight of the top 30 runners were Vineyarders.
The first female to reach the finish line was JoEllen BenDavid, 40, of Oak Bluffs in 24:04. She was 14th overall. Then came (2) Bonnie Kingsbury, 31, Tisbury, 24:16; (3) Stephanie Rousselle, 24, West Newton, 24:17 (4) Shivonne Schofield, 16, Edgartown, 24:41 (5) Margaret D'Angelo, 45, West Tisbury, 24:51; (6) Katie Brown, 34 Tisbury, 25:07; (7) Corinna Black, 32, Oak Bluffs, 25:24; (8) Linda Hammond, 39, Oak Bluffs, 25:48; (9) Celia Gillis, 39, Edgartown, 25:49; (10) Phyllis Kugler, 63, West Tisbury, 26:07.
The course was completed by 129 runners - 36 more than last year - despite cold and windy conditions.
The annual race and fitness walk benefits the M.V. Boys & Girls Club. Major sponsors included the M.V. Savings Bank, Parker Carpet, Stop & Shop and the Ocean View Restaurant. Other sponsors: Shiretown Meats, Hinckley Lumber, Vineyard Decorators, Rosbeck Builders, MV Bug & Bus, Mark Pogorzelski Carpentry, Farissey Tele-Comm, Hart Co. Plumbing & Heating, Broadway Screen Printing, and Welch Electric.
The first-place Suns took on the fourth-place Bulls in the first round of playoff games, Monday, at the Boys & Girls Club, and topped the bovines, 86-75. Five of the Suns finished in double numbers: James Holenko with 29, Tim Scott, 18; Sterling Bishop, 14; Mike Baptiste, 12; and Adam Rebello, 11.
Ryan Kurth paced the Bulls offense with 21 points, Tyson Lippencott had 10 and Jeremy Scheffer 9.
The teams will play again Monday, this time beginning at 8:30 pm.
Monday's late game saw the Lakers throw a scare into the second-seeded Heat. At the end of the first 12-minute quarter, the Lakers were up by nine, 31-22. At the half the Lakers still led, 47-39
But the Heat warmed to the task in the third period.
With two minutes remaining, the Heat tied the score at 65 and nosed ahead at the three-quarter mark, 70-67. But the Lakers would not fold their tents. With two minutes left on the clock, the Heat's lead was two, 86-84. But that was as far as the Lakers could take it, and they conceded, 90-84.
It was the fifth meeting of the two teams and the Heat has won all of them. They meet again this Monday in the early game of the playoffs at 6:15 pm.
Travel team's ups and downs
The MV eighth-grade girls travel basketball team took first place honors in the Berkley Spring Slam tournament during the weekend of March 20-21.
The Islanders won their first game, against the host club, Berkley, 36-20. Kat deBettencourt's 14 points led the team scoring. Rae Filley added six.
Next, Freetown-Lakeville went down to defeat, 34-20. Mariah Duarte had the warmest hand, producing 11 points. Both Kat deBettencourt and Miranda Tokarz added six.
Sunday morning the Vineyarders edged Somerset, 19-16.
Haley Maciel's six points led M.V. scoring. Mariah Duarte and Kat deBettencourt each contributed five. All of Kat's points came from the foul line where she was 5 for 6.
Sunday's final game was a second with Freetown-Lakeville which M.V. won, 29-21.
Kat led scorers again with 11. Miranda had 8. Lucy Hackney and Isabel Wadleigh made major defensive contributions coming off the bench.
The following weekend found the 8th-graders at Bourne where 16 teams competed for trophies.
The Vineyarders first drew a talented team from Bennington, Vermont. The Green Mountain girls won decisively, 39-16. M.V. missed Kat deBettencourt who was on the disabled list.
The Islanders next bowed to Kingston, 28-21. Haley Maciel's 8 was tops for the team.
Sunday morning the Islanders climbed aboard the winning bus, beating Mount Everett, 21-18, behind Miranda Duarte's team-leading 10 points.
The win was a nice way to close out a long season.
Amy Maciel and Lynne Silvia coached the team.
A spring in their step
Spring sports emerged from winter hibernation at the high school Sunday as the Island girls lacrosse teams hosted the girls from Westonbirt school in Wiltshire, England.
The Vineyarders had it their way in the first 25-minute half.
Hayley Pierce was first to find the net with the game just a minute and 53 seconds old. Molly Fischer's goal less than two minutes later made it 2-0. Kate Cecilio was next on the scoreboard at 5:05 and Hayley's second and third goals gave the Vineyard a 5-0 lead at the 8:12 mark. Kate Cecilio upped the ante to 6-0 at 8:25. Molly Fischer, Mattie Hughes, and Alayna Hutchinson all found the net putting the Islanders up 9-0. With less than three minutes remaining in the first half there was time enough for the English girls to score. At the half the Vineyard held a 9-1 advantage.
Coach Betsy Dripps inserted the junior varsity to play the second half. The girls from across the sea wasted no time.
Just three minutes into the second half they had scored three times.
Then Alex Mark made her mark scoring twice. Westonbirt made it 5-11 at 13:50. Hannah Moore and Genevieve Hammond joined the list of scorers at 15:00 and 17:47.
The last two goals were by the English girls.
Final count: Martha's Vineyard 13, Westonbirt 7.
Tuesday's game with New Bedford was canceled by rain as were the softball and tennis openers at D/Y.
Squirts seize title
The M.V. youth hockey Squirt C team entered the division playoffs at Barnstable with the top seed last weekend, and they emerged with the championship title and trophy.
Their first game, Saturday, was with Lower Cape and the Islanders prevailed, 4-2. Cabot Thurber opened the scoring assisted by Hunter Ponte. Layla Buckley scored twice on two break-aways. Wilson Slayton added the fourth and final goal assisted by Ellie Hanjian.
Saturday's win put the Islanders in the finals on Sunday morning against the Barnstable Thrashers. The only goal in the game was by Kyle Hatt with help from Hunter Ponte.
It was the seventh shutout of the year for goalie Cathal Robinson.
The team's proud coaches are Travis Thurber, Mike Trance, and Julie Hatt.
The M.V. Masters swim team competed in the two weekend-long New England Short Course Championship meets held in Harvard's Blodgett Aquatics Center. This year 1,100 swimmers raced, an increase of 20 percent over last year.
Nine Vineyard swimmers entered the fray.
In the distance races on March 20, Amanda Dickinson and Liz Fox swam the 1,000-yard event. Amanda set a personal best at 16:22, which was 12th best in her 45-49 age group. Liz was fourth in the 55-60 group at 16:48.
Les Craven swam the mile in 22:06, third best in the 50-54 age group.
The following weekend Rainy Goodale, a breaststroke specialist, won the 50-yard breaststroke in 32,98, a new New England record. In the 100-yard breaststroke she took three seconds off the New England record at 1:11.02. At 200 yards, Rainy was first again, in 2:37:21, beating the old record by more than four seconds.
Rainy also came in 4th in the 50-yard butterfly, 5th in the 50-yard freestyle, 5th in the 100-yard individual medley, and 4th in the 200-yard medley.
Tricia Jette competed for the first time and impressed in the 50-yard freestyle, 50-yard backstroke, and she was a member of the mixed 4x50 relay team.
Chris Perleberg, another new meet participant, swam in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.80, only 1.3 seconds off his best time, swum 30 years ago. He also swam the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events, the 200-yard freestyle and was a member of the 4x50 freestyle relay team.
Liz Fox returned for a second weekend of competition swimming the 500-yard freestyle (5th), 50-yard freestyle (8th), 200-yard freestyle (6th). She also swam a leg in the 4x100 yard women's relay.
Amanda Dickinson also returned for a second weekend swimming the 50-yard freestyle and a leg on the 4x100.
Despite an injured back, Alex Goethals swam the 50-yard freestyle and led the team's mixed 4x50 yard relay.
Les Cutler, the team's senior, swam the 50-, 200-, and 500-yard freestyle races in the 65-69 age group.
Katrina Street, the team's newest and youngest member, swam the 50-yard freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke and was a member of he women's freestyle and medley relay teams. Katrina had several personal bests and is emerging as a strong breaststroke competitor.
Les Craven, the team's leader and captain, was also the team's "iron maiden." She swam the 500 coming in 6th, the 200 (8th) and the 100, the 50-yard freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke, the 100, 200, and 400 individual medley events. She swam a combined total of 3,985 yards in the hour, more than two miles, 48th in the nation. Les Cutler swam 3,220 yards in the hour, 41st in the country in his 65-69 age group.
The Masters are pleased with the growing interest in competitive swimming and expect the new Y pool to generate even more participation.
Speeding to Nantucket
Seastreak Martha's Vineyard, a high-speed ferry, will transport the MVRHS boys and girls lacrosse teams and fans to Nantucket for games with the Whalers on Saturday, April 3
The ferry will leave for Nantucket from Vineyard Haven at 10:30 am and return at 5:40 pm. Roundtrip tickets are $60 for adults, $20 for students.
Seating is limited because the team and coaches number 52. Call Sean Conley , 508-221-2853 for reservations and/or more information.
There were five duplicate bridge tables in play at the Howes House in West Tisbury last Thursday. The winning pair was Ed Russell and Deirdre Ling. Ency and Robert Focos were second, Bob Iadicicco and Gail Farrish were third. Simi Denhart and Gerry Averill were fourth.
In interscholastic volleyball action last Thursday, Tisbury swept Edgartown, winning three varsity games in a row: 25-11, 25-13, 25-17. Then the Tiger jayvees made it a complete sweep, winning twice without a loss.
Also Thursday, West Tisbury defeated Oak Bluffs: 25-23 and 25-5, then lost to O.B. 25-5, before closing out the meet, 25-14. The Oak Bluffs junior varsity won back to back games.
Tuesday, Tisbury swept Edgartown at Vineyard Haven, 25-20, 26-22, 25-23. The Tisbury Jayvees also won, two games to one. The third and deciding game went to extra innings before the Eagles conceded, 26-24, with Ben Davey serving the final six Tiger points.
Over the bounding main
The MVRHS sailing team opened its spring season by visiting Tabor Academy to race with Hotchkiss, North Kingstown, R.I., Cape Cod Academy as well as Tabor.
Might as well start at the top!
Coach Andrew Burr was pleased with much that he saw and anticipates a challenging and rewarding varsity season and a more active JV schedule.
Barnstable visits on Thursday and on Saturday there is another multi-team regatta: Sandwich, Falmouth, Bishop Stang, and Dartmouth at Bourne.
New tennis garb
Thirty adults played tennis with the high school's boys and girls teams last weekend in a social round robin fundraiser at Vineyard Youth Tennis. More than $1,800 was raised to purchase uniforms for the school tennis teams.
Table tennis talent
Two Vineyard table tennis players, Alina Wen of Edgartown and Albert Lau of Oak Bluffs, won trophies in the finals of the Under 1200 Division at the Rhode Island Association tournament in Manville on Sunday, March 21. The finals were a Vineyard exhibition as Ms. Wen defeated Mr. Lau in the finals, 3-0, and Bob O'Rourke of Edgartown took third place honors.
All are members of M.V. Table Tennis, a club that meets twice weekly at the West Tisbury School. Club members have brought home seven trophies won at off-Island tournaments this year.
Babe Ruth Softball
Sign up for Babe Ruth Softball with Inez. Call 693-1033, ext. 235, or 696-0461.