Checking brings hockey players up close and personal. Photos by Ralph Stewart
The puck starts here
Ice hockey addicts got a satisfying fix at the Arena, Sunday, watching this year's Vineyard team skate by, around, and through E.O. Smith. The Islanders scored twice in each period while shutting out the visitors from the Nutmeg State, 6-0.
Scoring in the first period were Tad Gold and Stephen Greenberg. Sophomore Scott Maciel impressed all with his skating and scored two goals in the third period.
The varsity season opener is Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Franklin. The first home game is Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5 pm versus Bridgewater-Raynham.
The boys jayvees open at home on Friday, Dec. 16 with Coyle & Cassidy.
Scott Maciel sweeps in for one of his third period goals.
Girls at Newton North
The MVRHS girls varsity ice hockey team spent the weekend scrimmaging at Newton North, a division one program school.
To no one's surprize the Newton girls showed the Islanders a thing or two and outscored them Saturday. In a second scrimmage Sunday, the Islanders cut the Newton score in half and doubled their own. The Vineyard team is a young, and includes seven freshmen. Their coach, Sam Sherman, looks forward to a challenging season with a spirited team.
The season opener is with Nauset, here, Saturday, at 1 pm.
The JV girls begin their season the next day at 2:10 pm, hosting Marshfield. The boys varsity scrimmages with Needham at 11 am.
Jake Ferry tries to drive past Tiger T.K. Van Gervin.
The interscholastic boys basketball league played its first games Tuesday.
At Oak Bluffs, the Blazers renewed their friendly warfare with the Edgartown Eagles, a rivalry that produced two overtime games last year, including the final won by OB, 51-49.
But Oak Bluffs is in a rebuilding year with only one suited eighth grader and the boys from Shiretown ran off the first 17 points before going on to win, 58-26.
Steve Handy had the game-high 19 for Edgartown. Teammates Justin Mercier and Lamar Moreis each had a dozen.
Ben Ciciiora was high for OB with 10. Randall Jette added eight.
Liam McCarthy has his eye on the rim.
The Blazers won the junior varsity game.
At Tisbury, the West Tisbury Hawks swept into the harbor town and flew off with a 60-41 win. The Hawks' twin towers, Jake Ferry and Liam McCarthy, led the WesTiz scorers with 14 and 10 points and pulled down a bushel of rebounds. Point guard Ronnie Miske ran the WT offense with aplomb.
Game-high honors went to Tisbury's Cole Maciel who scored 18 points. Mark Nickowal tossed in 14. West Tisbury eked out a 16-15 win in the JV game.
Girls go today
The interscholastic girls league jumps off today with West Tisbury visiting Tisbury and OB playing host to the reigning champs of Edgartown. Last year the lady Eagles beat the WT Hawks in the finals, 36-23.
Ajax doubled up Star Blue 6-3 in the third contest.
The Brazilan Futsal season got off to a rousing start Sunday morning at the B&G Club. Six of the 11 teams in the league saw action in games with halves of 20 minutes running time.
In the first game, Power Guidos and Imigra played to a 2-2 tie.
The second game saw Island caging the Tigers, 4-2. Ricardo Andrade scored two of the Island's goals, both in the first half, and was credited with an assist in the second.
Ajax and Star Blue played to a 2-2 tie in the first period of the third contest. But the second half was all Ajax, specifically Leoncio who had scored both of his team's goals in the first half and three more in the second. He also assisted in the team's sixth goal. Final score: Ajax 6, Star Blue 3.
Games start at 10 am Sunday mornings and attract a large and enthusiastically vocal group of fans.
League sponsors inlcude Tony's Market, Benitos, Coop deVille, North Star, Fogascas, Westnet, and the Brazil Office.
Thomas Goodell limbers up before competing at Colorado Springs.
Gymnastics, national and local
At the Nov. 11-16 Future Stars National Boys Gymnastics championships at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Thomas Goodell, 13, placed 5th all-around, the highest placement for the New England region.
The top 14 in each age group made the team and the top seven are invited to spend a week at a training camp, all expenses paid.
Thomas was second, third, and fourth on rings; sixth on the high bar and parallel bars; 9th, 12th, 13th and 14th on parallel bars strength, pommel horse, vault and floor.
New England placed 8th of nine regions. It was the first time NE was not last.
In the Dec. 4 Snowflake Invitational at Gym Hutt, Lakeville, four girls teams competed at levels 4-7.
Level six was a sweep for the Islanders. Bailey Moreis, 8, finished first with a score of 34.8.
Hannah Webster, 11, was second at 32.7
In third place was Lauren Dostal, 11, with 32.6, and at 31.45, Macayah Goodell, 9, was fourth.
At level five, Chantal Booker, 10, placed 4th with 31.5 points all around, Zana Van Rooyan, 9, was 5th with 31.1 points.
The next Island Gymnastics Training in-house meet will be Jan.7 at 9:30 am.