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A scary sight: Willie Levesque honing in on an unguarded goalie. Photos by Ralph Stewart
A memorable memorial
The sixth annual Ryan Mone Memorial alumni hockey game Sunday was
a delight to watch and it had to have been a pleasure to play.
4) It was well-attended by fans who rooted against no one but cheered for everyone on the ice.
5) It was fun to watch alums nine or ten years out of school try
(and for the most part succeed!) to keep up with recent grads. The
senior citizen of the group was Kevin Hatt of the class of '86.
Thirty former MVRHS puck pushers answered the call for the sixth annual Ryan Mone Memorial alumni hockey game.
6) It was for a good cause. Usually I use my press card to attend sporting events but Sunday I was pleased to pay my way.
7) Bob and Gayle Mone were gracious as host and hostess.
9) Like the alumni game, the alumnae game ended in a tie, 4-4.
The reunited Deary brothers, Shane and Micah, skated for the white team.
The Mone Memorial
Kevin Hatt, '87, the oldest player on the ice, took a penalty
shot after being tripped on his way to the net. Kevin decoyed goalie
Chuck Sylvia, '95, and lifted the puck over his shoulder, reclaiming
the lead for purple
Next to find the back of the net was purple player Andrew Phillips,
'00, Joe Merry, and Brandon Willett, '04, were credited
Back row left to right: Nell Coogan, Katie Coogan, Chrissy McCarthy, Megan Willey, Ali Clark, Elizabeth Clark, Alyssa Fitzpatrick, Jen Coito, Jen Gauley. Front row: Elyce Bonnell, Alex Loud, Tasha Snowden, Jane McGroarty, Liane Dixon, and Liza Reynolds.
With four minutes left to play, Brandon Willett scored the purple's sixth tally and it was tied again.
Jack McGroarty '00, with help from Steve Coito, '98, and
Zach Townes, gave white the edge again. But, with 1:12 left on the
clock. Derek Avakian, '03, tied the game for the last time,
Purple goalie Dan VanLandingham, '03, blocked Jon Mone and
Tim Bettencourt, '02, but Rob Searle '92, and Dan Townes,
'95, found a way around him to claim for white.
White players taking a breather on the bench.
The alumnae take the ice
Jen Murphy races to control the puck.
Sherman's troops win their first
MVRHS girls varsity hockey team won its first game of the season,
topping Nauset at the Arena, 6-4. "We were pretty evenly matched,"
Coach Sam Sherman told The Times, and the game proved his point.
Isabelle Lew started the scoring in the first period.
The score was tied again by Nauset six and a half minutes into the second period., but Alaina untied it on a power play at 9:44. There was no quit in Nauset and the game was tied again at 14:08. Jenny Murphy answered 20 seconds later with help from Adrian Aristide.
Nauset scored off the face-off in the third period, knotting the
score at four. Melanie Dickson's unassisted goal at 1:42 gave
MV the lead for the fifth and final time and Jenny Murphy, assisted
by Adrian Aristide, put icing on the cake at 7:36.
"The kick" that won "the game".
Auld Lang Syne
is customary for journalists to be retrospective at the end of the
year. Indeed, the news editor of The Times has instructed me to
come up with some kind of a review of 2004, so here is this sports
editor's choice of notable achievements in sports this year.
Liane can do it all.
2) Liane Dixon of Vineyard Haven, in her fourth year at Northeastern
University in Boston, was pictured in the October 4 issue of Sports
Illustrated for scoring four goals in two games, leading the Husky
field hockey team to a six-game win streak, and for being named
the American East Player-of-the-week twice in succession. Liane
finished the season with a team-leading 8 goals and 20 points. After
graduation, Liane wants to have a career doing stunts on film -
falling off horses, leaping from high buildings, and walking through
Lucas sets new marks.
5) Hans Buder, the quarterback of the '03 MVRHS super bowl champion football team, was honored at the 29th annual scholar-athlete dinner by the National Football Foundation on May 10. He received his award from Bob Holmes, high school sports editor of the Boston Globe. Hans was Valedictorian of the class of '04 and is continuing his education at Duke.
6) Martha's Vineyard Regional High School was one of eight
Bay State schools to receive the Massachusetts interscholastic Athletic
Association Sportsmanship Award for 2004. The school was also named
to the MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.
In a letter to The Times, MVRHS Athletic Director Glen Field lauded
the students, coaches, booster clubs, parents, and the business
community for their support. Probably the person most deserving
of credit for the honor was Glen Field.
Tony shoots a bird.
8) For the second year in a row the MVRHS boys varsity soccer team was undefeated at home and its top scorer, Lucas Brewer, set new seasonal and career school scoring records. His 28 goals in '04 and his 62 career goals broke records previously held by Brad Rothwell. The 13-5 season was Coach Bob Hammond's 18th.
9) Meredith Smith of the MVRHS class of '01 won the javelin throw at the summer Bay State Games with a heave of 121'10". The javelin was Meredith's specialty in high school and come spring, she says, she will definitely resume training for javelin competition. She will also compete in the pole vault.
10) A number of remarkable accomplishments on the links merit mention.
Rusty Hitchings claimed the Mink Meadows championship for the sixth
straight year, July 18. A week later, Gary BenDavid defeated two
former club champs back-to-back, to claim the Farm Neck crown. Tony
Grillo retained his Farm Neck junior club title; then, as a freshman,
he was top seed on the MVRHS golf team and in late September won
the PGA Titleist Tournament at Farm Neck and Mink Meadows. Pete
Lally set a new course record at the Edgartown Golf Club, August
11, carding a 64 on the par 73 course. Pete's playing partners
included Tom Grillo, whose course record of 65 he broke.
"The thrill of victory."
11) The Little League final games at Nunes Field, June 19, provided
more than their share of drama. The majors game between Mets and
Dodgers went to extra innings before the Mets pushed across a winning
run, 4-3. The youngest Met, Andrew Williamson, had the kind of game
dreams are made of. He singled, walked, was hit by a pitch and singled
again driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.