Tisbury man in the Himalayas
Art Delorenzo, 65, of Vineyard Haven is about to embark upon atrip that most would call "the adventure of a lifetime" and wouldn't touch with a ten-foot piton.
After scaling 13,500-foot Mauna Kea in Hawaii, he will head for Nepal via New Delhi and Darjeeling to climb Nepal's 18,000-foot Island Peak, practically next door to Mt. Everest.
Art is no stranger to high mountains, having scaled Mt. McKinley and a half dozen other challenging peaks around the world. (Brad Washburn, of the Boston Museum of Science, used Mt. McKinley to test cold weather gear for the US Navy because the high winds and extreme temperatures there made it the best place in the western hemisphere for such tests.)
Art will be guided by the son of Tenzing Norgay who accompanied Edmond Hillary up Mt. Everest. We wish him well.
Oasis at Daytona
Russ Oasis, a seasonal resident of Edgartown, will join Tommy Archer, Leighton Reese, and Dino Crescentini at Daytona Beach for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, one of the most grueling races in the world on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Oasis, 55, a graduate of Northeastern who made a fortune buying and selling radio stations, has long had a passion for fast cars. He raced three seasons with the Viper Racing League, earning the league's 2003 Rookie of the Year title.
Drivers in last year's 24 Hours at Daytona included Paul Newman, Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte, and Paul Tracy, the '05 Nextel Cup Champ.
Should Oasis do well he would join the Island's racing elite: "Little" Al Clements, a champion at Seekonk speedway, and Fibber McGhee,a top soccer at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway.
There was action a-plenty Sunday morning at the B&G Club when the MV Futsal league gathered for its weekly reunion.
In the first game of the morning, Corona edged Estrella Azul, 6-4. Next it was Ajax over Imigra in a walk, 11-3. The Sunday finale was a cliffhanger. When the buzzer sounded Holmes Hole Builders were up by one, 9-8, over Tigre.
This Sunday two of the league's undefeated teams go at it when Colorado, the league's only off-Island club, takes on Ilha who won their last game with Estopas, 16-1.
MV Futsal standings
G W L T Pts
Ilha 3 3 0 0 9
Ajaz 3 3 0 0 9
Colorado 2 2 0 0 6
Powers G. 3 1 1 1 4
Imigra 3 1 1 1 4
Matheus FC 2 1 1 0 3
Corona 3 1 2 0 3
Holmes Hole 3 1 2 0 3
Tigre 3 1 2 0 3
Estrella Azul 3 0 3 0 0
Estopas FC 2 0 2 0 0
Register for Red Cross Life Guard Training classes at the Mansion House Health Club, January 29 at 7:30 pm. For more information, call Jennifer Fragosa at 508-693-2200 ext. 102....The US Tennis Assn. reports that tennis participation in New England has taken a quantum leap, an increase of 240,000, since 2004. We decided to take our own pole of MV Times emplyees and found that half of them play the game, 24% of us fall into the sometimes player category, 18% among the frequent flyers. We have a hunch, but only a hunch, that this represents a significant growth from the Gerry Kelley-"Thumbs" Hakala days at The Times.....With the score tied 18 - 18 at the end of the Tisbury vs. Edgartown JV game and two seconds remaining in the OT, Andrew Williamson tossed one in from four feet away to beat the buzzer and the Eagles, 20-18.
West Tisbury 4-1
Oak Bluffs 1-4
Oak Bluffs 3-1
West Tisbury 1-3
Squirts & Peewees
At Kennedy Arena, Hyannis, the MV Squirt Purples took a 3-1 lead over Barnstable in the first period, Sunday. Harrison Rodrigues, assisted by Shay Heil, tied the score and Tyson Araujo put the Islanders ahead to stay minutes later. Rodrigues from Heil again produced a 3-1 MV lead after one. Heil opened the second period with an unassisted goal and Emily Hammet posted her first of the season, assisted by Max Davies, in the third. The team's strong defender duo, Aaron Fequeroa and Ben Bilzerian, were an effective shield in front of goalie Zach Dupon.
Also Sunday, at Tony Kent in Orleans, the Squirt Whites blanked the Y-D stars, 5-0. Despite relentless pressure by the Islanders, the first period was scoreless. But the dam burst in the second as Eamon MacKenzie and Andrew Carroll scored and Kip Cooperrider had a hat trick.
At the end of the contest Coach Bart Kent awarded the game puck to Kip Cooperrider who in turn handed it to teammate Nicklas Kent for his outstanding all-around play, an example of the team's unselfish spirit.
Monday at the MV Arena, the Squirt Whites trounced Barnstable, also 5-1. The Whites took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Matt Davies and Kyle Stobie. Kip Cooperrider matched a Barnstable goal in the second. Jane Hart put two helpings of ice cream on the cake in the third.
Defenders Joey Uva and Mike Mazza were a big help to goalie Lollie Clark.
Not to be outdone by the Squirts, the MV Peewee's took their turn at raining on Barnstable's parade at the Arena on Saturday, 7-2. Tony DeBettencourt contributed a hat trick for the occasion. Also scoring were Dakota Delriento, Nelson Dickson, Tyler Araujo, and Charles Goldthwait. Assist credits went to Araujo (2) and Goldthwait. Strong defense was provided by Daniel Serusa, Nick Door, Bob Perry, Nelson Dickson, and goalie Mike Sylvia.