Two 16th challenges
The Whippoorwill Yacht and Rocket Club's 16th annual one meter challenge model boat race for the Commodore's Cup sets sail 1 pm, Sunday, Oct. 9 at Red Beach, Aquinnah. Storm date is Monday.
The 16th annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K road race, Sunday, October 9, will include a Police and Fire Department Challenge. The six towns are invited to send two-person teams of firefighters and policemen to vie for the Challenge Cup.
The 5K race begins at 11 am Walkers start five minutes later. A one-mile fun run starts at 10:30.
Pre-race registration fee is $15. Race day fee is $20. Pick up numbers at the Wesley Hotel Saturday, Oct. 8, from 3 to 5 pm. Sunday, 9-10 am. The first 150 to register receive T-shirts. Call Roger Wey with questions: 508-693-7887.
Hiking for Justin
Everyone is invited to join the second annual Justin Lord Coleman Memorial Hike-a-thon, a ten-mile hike starting at the Chilmark Community Center and winding through the Menemsha Hills, on Saturday, October 15.
Registration is at 8:45 am and the hike steps off at 9:00. There is no charge for hikers.
Last year the hike raised more than $20,000 for charities. This year nonprofits to be supported are Big Brothers/Big Sisters of MV, Outward Bound of the USA, Organs-R-Us, and Carolina Donors. Pre-hike registration forms are available at the Chilmark Library and at Alley's Store, or just show up on October 15.
To have a registration form mailed to you, or if you have questions, call Natasha London-Thompson at 617-833-3387.
Kayla Leonard of Oak Bluffs made eight saves in goal for the Roger Williams University women's soccer team, Sept. 13, but they lost to Wentworth, 3-0, just the same. Four days later Kayla stopped 10 shots on goal but RWU lost again, this time to Endicott, 2-1.
Sacred Heart wins
The MVRHS girls soccer team played its heart out Saturday at Kingston versus Sacred Heart and matched the Saints in every way but the final score, 3-2. Rachel Schubert scored both MV goals in the first half, when Sacred Heart also did all of their scoring.
The Vineyarders dominated play in the second half and midway through the period they scored their third goal to draw even with the Saints, but the goal was cancelled by an offsides penalty.
The tough loss dropped the Vineyard to 0-6-1 on the season. Sacred Heart improved to 3-1-1.
The girls are home to North Quincy, Saturday at 5.
FB & WG back at it
The Frost Biters and Winter Guys cancelled their scheduled races last Thursday and Sunday because too many of their boats had been stripped for Ophelia's expected foul weather and were unavailable for racing. The FB&WG expects to race tonight and Sunday.
Booters win two
The MVRHS boys soccer team added two wins to its season record last week, shutting out Nantucket, 3-0, last Wednesday, and trouncing Chatham on Friday, 4-1.
Antulio Neto scored twice in the Whalers game; Steven Lampart added an insurance goal.
At Chatham, Ben Post was assisted by Davey Campbell for the game's first score. Campbell was unassisted on a direct kick for the second. Antulio Neto scored on a pass from Post for the third and J.T. Dooley, assisted by Neto, had the fourth. The double wins raised the team's record to 5-2.
An alumni vs. boys varsity soccer game is planned for Saturday, October 8, at noon. Graduate athletes should call Coach Hammond, 693-0514, to register for the game. Food and T-shirts will be provided.
The MVRHS boys and girls cross-country teams ran away with the dual meets on the Southeastern Regional Vocational 2.8-mile course, Tuesday.
Hilary Dreyer led the MV girls in a 15-50 sweep and six Vineyard boys finished in a virtual first place tie.
Bristol Plymouth and Sacred Heart will offer a double challenge to the Islanders here today.
Coach Joe Schroeder was proud of his team's performance on and off the cross-country course at Manchester, N.H., last Saturday. Forty-seven teams entered more than 3,000 runners in the several events.
Allison Flanders was 16th of 288 girls in the varsity 5K, with a time of 20:35. The MV team also finished 16th.
Edison Parzanese led the MV boys to a 12th place team finish. Edison was 17th individually at 17:16.
Among freshmen boys, Robbie Osmers came in 89th out of 303 in 13:53 for 3K.
Hilary Dreyer was 9th in the freshmen girls 3K race at 14:16.
In the JV girls race, MV was 8th, led by Sophie Willey in 27:19 for the 5K, 174th of 343. The MV team was 34th.
The boys JV squad was 49th led by Logan Russell in 21:35. Logan was 195th of 320 runners.
The Islanders comported themselves with exemplary sportsmanship, for which they were commended by not a few coaches and parents.
Becker wins the Jewett
The Holmes Hole Sailing Association held its Annual Potluck Supper and Awards dinner at the home of Michael and Melinda Loberg on Vineyard Haven Harbor, September 7. The mariners enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the hosts and shared memories of a great summer season of sailing.
After dinner, Commodore Jerry Goodale convened a short meeting and turned the floor over to Harry Duane for the presentation of the season awards. In the B division, the season champion was Dan Culkin in Magic Time. Second was Jim Pringle in Myfanwy. Art and Caroline Spengler in Raven were third.
In the A division, first was Roger Becker in Gloria. Jerry Coe and Indian Summer were second. Third was Frank Satula in Magic Twanger. The winner of the Jewett Trophy for sailor of the year was Roger Becker.
Whalers squeeze by
The young MVRHS golf team posted its 10th loss against one win, Tuesday, edged by Nantucket at Farm Neck, 37-35. Tony Grillo had a rare off day and lost his first flight match to Greg McKay, 5-4. Vineyarder Sam Bell defeated Teddy Cahill by the same margin.
The Whalers won both of the second flight matches and The Vineyard answered with two wins in the third flight by Tad Gold and Mike Diaz.
The fourth flight had two ties.
McKay's medalist round was 39 on the par-37 course.
Track & Field
The interscholastic track season begins tomorrow with dual meets held at the MVRHS oval: Oak Bluffs versus West Tisbury and Edgartown versus Tisbury. The following Friday Edgartown takes on Oak Bluffs and Tisbury duels with West Tisbury. The Quad meet is on Friday, Oct 21.
Quin Apong, the informal table tennis league that plays Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm at the Aquinnah town hall has begun play and invites ping pong players to join the fun. It's free!
According to Spa Tharpe, the competition is more challenging this season. John Walsh, last season's top dog, is back and the Shephards of West Tisbury, Greg, Melissa and Jamie, have raised the level of play considerably.