Randall Jette is guarded by Briar Thomas. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Interscholastic boys at Edgartown
At Edgartown, Tuesday, the Eagles boys varsity remained undefeated in interscholastic play, trouncing Oak Bluffs, 65-31. Edgartown led from the start and enjoyed a 31-16 lead at the half.
Randall Jette. Nick Jerome and Justin Mercier were among the prolific scorers.
West Tisbury 1-1
Oak Bluffs 1-2
Oak Bluffs 2-0
West Tisbury 0-2
Captain Jenny Murphy battles a Warrior for position.
Girls varsity hockey Warriors vanquished
The MVRHS girls varsity won their first hockey game of the season in impressive fashion, outskating and outscoring the Nauset Warriors at the MV Arena, Monday, 3-1.
The Islanders did all their damage in the first period. Katherine Clark scored 5:17 into the game, assisted by Zoe Fisher and Phebe Bates. Four and a half minutes later Melanie Dickson made it 2-0 with help from Clark.
The third goal was also Katherine Clark's. Alaina Aristide and Nica Sylvia were credited with assists.
The Vineyarders were whistled for six infractions to Nauset's two. The Warriors' only goal was scored with two Island girls in the sin bin.
MV took 40 shots on goal to Nauset's 21. Jen Ward was the winning goalie.
Coach Sam Sherman was understandably pleased with the team's victory. "The girls have worked hard in practice. They skated hard Monday. It's always nice to see hard work rewarded."
At Dorchester, Wednesday, the Boston Latin Dragons dominated the play and handed the Islanders a 6-1 thrashing. Jen Ward tended the net for two periods then gave way to Laura Jernegan for the third. Together they faced 37 shots on goal. Latin goalie Marie O'Brien was called upon to handle nine.
A late third period goal by Melanie Dickson, assisted by Alexia Fisher and Jenny Murphy averted a shutout.
The girls took their 1-4-0 record to Hingham yesterday and take on Duxbury, away, Saturday.
Lisa Knight: an appreciation
Johnny Damon goes to the Yankees; Bill Mueller signs with the Dodgers; the Bruins are dead last in the Northeast Division; the Celtics have lost more than they've won; and Lisa Knight announces her retirement as MVRHS field hockey coach
So not all news is good news - we knew that. And the new year brings its own challenges. We knew that, too.
This year one of fhose challenges will be to fill the shoes of Lisa Knight as head coach of the field hockey team. "I want to spend some time watching my niece (Jen Knight) play," she explained. Jen is a senior at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaina, Lisa Knight grew up in Chelmsford, Mass. where she was an outstanding athlete on championship teams at Chelmsford H.S., playing basketball, softball and field hockey. Lisa still keeps in top shape by running five to six miles daily.
She majored in physical education at Bridgewater State and earned another degree in Health and Special Needs Education at Cambridge College.
She came to the Island 20 years ago and joined the MVRHS faculty as physical education teacher. Her first coaching assignment was softball. She also coached the junior varsity basketball team. However, most of us will think of Lisa pacing the sideline during a field hockey game shouting constant encouragement to her team, urging the girls to make maximum effort.
Lisa was head coach of field hockey at MVRHS for six years. Each of those years her team qualified for the MIAA tournament and played Smith Academy for the state championship in 2000. Overall, Knight-coached field hockey teams won 85, lost 16 and tied 17, a win/loss average of .842.
Last February Lisa's outstanding work was recognized by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Assn. at Faneuil Hall in Boston. She was presented with one of the four Distinquished Service Awards by the MIAA Women in Sport Committee. Athletic Director Glen Field added his own words of commendation: "Lisa's ability to nurture, to care for, and to develop the potential of every single one of the girls in her program is truly amazing.