The old ball
Bishop Feehan’s strong baseball and softball teams demonstrated their superior power here, Monday.
The Shamrock ladies scored 16 runs off the offerings of Martha Scheffer, accepting six bases on balls and collecting 21 hits on their way to an impressive 16-1 win.
Martha, Katie Hines, and Alicia Oliviera were all 2-for-3 at the plate for M.V., but the Islanders could manage only one run.
The Vineyarders are 4-4 on the season.
The Island baseball varsity suffered its sixth loss of seven games to visiting Bishop Feehan, Monday, 7-2. Pitcher Ben Ciciora started, went five innings, allowed five hits and three runs and was charged with the loss. The score was tied at 2 in the fourth inning.
Both Lamar Moreis and Ryan Fisher hit safely twice.
The MV junior varsity lost to the Shamrock Jayvees. 14-2. Alec Tattersall started on the mound, walked 3, allowed three hits and six runs in the first inning.
Andrew Williamson relieved in the second and finished the game giving up one run in the second and fourth, two in the third and four in the fifth, not all earned.
The Islanders were held to a single by Stuart Hersh in the first inning, but he was picked off first base, ending the “threat.”
The Islanders’ two runs came in the second inning on four walks and a wild pitch.
On Tuesday, Sturgis rolled into town — good medicine for a team that had been overmatched by larger schools and private schools able to recruit players.
Sturgis was less than a match for the Vineyarders. M.V. pitcher of the day, Stuart Hersh, had a no-hit shutout into the sixth inning. David Andrews finished the game preserving the shutout. Final score: MV 16, Sturgis 0.
Kevin Galligan was 3 for 5 with four RBIs. Hersh fanned 8 batters.
It was the JV’s third win against five losses and a tie. The other victories were against Mashpee and Pope John (a 9-0 shutout by Andrew Williamson).
Jeremy Scheffer and Chris Minne are the JV coaches.
Triumphant tennis teams
The high school boys tennis team added three more marks to the right side of the ledger last week by beating Sandwich and Dennis/Yarmouth both by the same 4-1 margin, then sweeping Bishop Feehan here Monday, 5-0.
At Sandwich Kent Leonard and Justice Yennie won their second and third singles matches. Kent won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Justice took a little longer coming from behind: 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
At first singles, Luke Martin, one of the top Cape & Islands players, was more than Reid Yennie could handle: 6-2, 6-4.
Winn Grimm and Jock Cooperrider remained unbeaten on the year at first doubles, 6-2, 6-2.
Kyle Moran and Thomas Tilton-Heylin prevailed at second doubles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
At D/Y Reid Yennie, Kent Leonard, and Win Grimm swept the singles matches, Leonard and Grimm won handily at singles. Yennie’s match with Dan Robinovich was a two-hour dog fight which Yennie eventually won: 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
At doubles, Justice Yennie and Grant McCarthy had little trouble: 6-0, 6-1, but Kyle Moran and Tilton-Heylin worked hard and long before losing: 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Bishop Feehan, capable of dominating opponents in a number of athletic venues, was no problem for the Vneyard on the tennis courts, Monday. Reid Yennie and Kent Leonard won their matches in straight sets. Justice Yennie was pressed but took his match, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Both M.V. doubles teams won handily — Grimm and Cooperrider 6-1, 6-2 and Moran and Tilton-Heylin 6-4, 6-0.
The Vineyarders are 6-1 on the season, 3-0 in the EAC.
The MVRHS girls tennis team swept Sandwich here, Thursday, 5-0. All three singles matches were won in straight sets. Annie Burton won 6-3, 6-4. Alyssa Adler did the same with similar scores. At third singles, Dylan Brockmeyer won her match, 6-4, 6-1.
At first doubles, Julia Cooper and Anabelle Hackney had to work a bit harder to claim, 7-6, 7-5. Harder yet but just as winning were Celia Mercier and Deanna Montoya over Shannon Belain and Nicole Gilooly 4-6, 7-4, 7-6.
The M.V. girls record improved to 2-2.
The Vineyard FC Masters, a new team made up entirely of players more than 40 years old, traveled to Westwood a week ago Sunday to take on Westwood in the Over The Hill Soccer League.
The Vineyard FC Masters won the contest, 2-0, on goals by Rodolfo Fernandez and Garry Metters.
Sunday, at Bourne’s Upper Cape Tech, the Vineyard FC Masters (over 40s) played Mansfield to a scoreless tie. With six points the Vineyard FC is now in second place in the New England Over the Hill Soccer League’s Division 6 South. They will take on the first-place team, Needham, this Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven. Kickoff is at 9:30 am.
Red Raiders raid
The MVRH girls lacrosse team won its sixth game of the season at Barnstable, Saturday, defeating the Red Raiders by the lopsided score of 15-3.
Everything worked for the Vineyarders from the get-go.
The defense provided a coordinated shield in front of sophomore goalie Maggie Johnson.
At midfield the Islanders controlled the draw and connected well with the offense where patience and teamwork produced consistent scoring opportunities.
The score was 13-0 at the half.
Freshman Alayna Hutchinson scored with just 11 seconds left on the clock and had three assists. Jennie Lindland, also a freshman, rocketed a goal to go along with three assists. Sophomore Cat Todd had her best game of the season. She scored twice in the first five minutes and also had an assist.
Another sophomore, Maddie Hughes, also scored twice as did Molly Fischer, a junior. Nikki Alexander also beat the Raider goalie.
Seniors Hayley Pierce and Kate Cecilio showed patience and poise working with their young teammates. Kate had a hat trick in the first half and added a fourth goal in the second period. Hayley scored twice and assisted twice.
Juniors Becca Tilton, Genevieve Hammond, and Angela Bettencourt reigned on defense and at midfield.
The Island girls stopped scoring in the second half except answering quickly when Barnstable scored their three goals.
Sophomore goalie Maggie Johnson played a major role in the shellacking. She stopped 15 shots on goal.
The Vineyarders are now 6-1 on the season, 6-0 in the Maritime League.
The MVRHS junior varsity girls are also undefeated in the Maritime League.
Close but no cigar
The M.V. boys lacrosse team was edged by Barnstable, Thursday, 9-8, as the Vineyard’s fourth quarter rally fell just short.
Eric Dolliver’s hat trick led Vineyard scoring. Colby Gouldrup scored twice. Max Conley and Chris Costello also scored.
At Providence, R.I., Monday, the Vineyarders lost their duel with a talented Moses Brown team, 12-8. Erik Dolliver paced the M.V. attack scoring three goals and assisting three times. Ray Perry scored twice. Max Conley and Chris Costello also scored.
Goalie Nelson Dickson stopped 13 of 25 shots on goal.
The Sandwich Blue Knights visit today.
Three Island Ice Skating School skaters entered the 32nd annual Lower Cape ISI Team competition at the Charles Moore Arena, April 11 and 12.
Hunter Meader, 7, competed in the Hockey Shooting/Puck Handling competition and the Hockey Skating events, finishing first in both.
Hailey Meader, 9, received two silver medals in Interpretive 3 and Solo Compulsory. She also won bronze medals in Artistic 3 and Footwork 3. She was fourth in Freestyle 3.
Alyssa Whitney, 11, silvered in Interpretive 4. She was third in Solo Compulsory, fourth in Artistic 4, and fifth in Freestyle 4.
Island Ice placed 9th of 15 teams with a team score of 30.9. Skaters are coached by Julie Meader and Diana Woods.
Island Ice Skating School’s summer camp begins July 19. Call 508-560-0450 or email Islandiceskatingschool .com for more information.
MV youth lacrosse
The field was muddy, the weather was rainy, but the Vineyard Under-11 lacrosse team enjoyed a 7-2 win at Bourne, Sunday.
Island scorers were Donald O’Shaughnessy, Riley Amaral (2), Hunter Ponte, Jacob Gunderson, Jack Creighton, and Jackson Mahaffey. Assist credits went to Mahaffey, Gunderson, and Chris Patnaude.
Lucas DeBettencourt was effective in goal.
The U-15 Shoremen trounced Bourne, Sunday, 8-0. Kyle Stobie, Mike Morris, and Julio Brito scored. In the final quarter, Tyler Paulson tallied five times.
Oren Osnos was the shutout goalie in just his second go at netminding.
Chilmark cyclists Mary McConneloug and her husband Mike Broderick are trying to find a way around the ash to Europe for this season’s World Cup Mountain bike tour due to begin in Yorkshire, England, on Saturday, April 24. They were spotted several times riding up-Island this past week taking a working break between races in Puerto Rico where they both took blue ribbons and in Guatemala where McConneloug came in second in the Pan American Mountain Bike Championships earlier this month. McConneloug finished seventh in the Beijing Olympics as one of two women on the U.S. women’s mountain bike team.
Duplicate bridge news
There were four tables in play in West Tisbury last Thursday. First were Dan and Nancy Cabot. Barbara and Susan Silk were runners-up. For third, Ed Russell and Deirdre Ling tied with Hugh Knipmeyer and Bill Blakesley.
There were 5.5 tables in play on Tuesday this week in Vineyard Haven. David Donald and Michele Riel won. Hugh Knipmeyer and Bill Blakesley were second, Barbara Besse and Sue Collinson were third, and Bob Iadicicco and Norman Fried were fourth.
Gail Farrish and Dottie Arnold played in the Vermont Spring Sectional in Burlington last weekend and earned 3.80 silver points apiece. They placed in pair events on Friday afternoon and evening, and were on a Swiss team that finished second in flight C on Saturday.
Over the winter in Florida, Ed Russell and Deirdre Ling both passed the 300 master-point total and became Life Masters. The pair had finished amassing the necessary 25 gold points at the Newton regional tournament in January.
1-2-3 strikes, you’re out !
Little League is looking for umpires. Interested persons should reach Ray Tattersall at email@example.com. Ray will conduct an umpires’ clinic this Saturday from noon to 1:30 pm at Veira Park, Oak Bluffs.
Last week’s Times reported that in the Vineyard girls track meet with Bishop Stang high school Jessica Willoughby, a junior, finished third in the 100m dash. In fact it was freshman Kylee Willoughby. The Times regrets the error and looks forward to chronicling Kylee’s athletic exploits in the future.
On the briney
Brock Callen of Sail Martha’s Vineyard sent the following.
“We had seven frostbiters out on a modified windward-leeward course inside the Vineyard Haven breakwater. The start and finish were run off the floats again which really works well. The weather mark was up under the lee of Nat Benjamin’s Charlotte out by the breakwater and the leeward mark was about 20 yards off the Lobergs beach. A pretty solid northerly gave the boys some real excitement with Tim Klein, Tristan Lodge, and Nevin Sayre all getting close to the edge on various downwind legs but their bailing skills kept them upright. The first race got off around 5:30 and we sailed eight races before dark.” Scores were closer than usual. Four boats were within four tenths of a point of each other. Once again, Nevin ruled the day with Aaron Burr one point behind. Then came Raz Sayre, Brock Jr., Brock Sr., Tim Klein, and Tristan Lodge.
Eight summer tennis clinics for boys & girls 7-17, directed by MVRHS girls tennis coach Grace Bochicchio, begin at the high school courts June 29-July 3. Cost is $150 per week. For more information, contact Dan Sharkovitz, Director of Summer School at MVRHS, P.O. Box 1385, Oak Bluffs, 02557 or call 508-693-1033, ext. 235.
The 114th Boston Marathon was Bill Brown’s 107th Marathon and his sixth Boston. Bill’s next marathon will be the Grandma’s in Duluth, Minn., in June.
Among the many runners of the 114th Boston were Islanders Kim O’Callahan, Jamie Leone, Jim Branch, and John Schilling.