John Swan soars over tall Falcon defenders in Friday's 76-46 blowout of Dighton Rehoboth. Photo by Leslie Look
Vineyard sweeps Bourne
The MVRHS girls varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen all won their games here with visiting Bourne, Tuesday, and the boys teams had the same success on the same day at Bourne.
For the girls varsity it was sweet revenge for the 47-51 loss to the Canalmen previously suffered at Bourne. The teams swapped goals and the lead for most of the first period. But with time running out the Islanders ran off seven unanswered points to go up 25-19. It was a lead they would not relinquish. They finished ahead, 52-47.
Everyone contributed. In the final count, Brittany Stone was high with a dozen points, Tiffany Smalley had 10 and grabbed a baker's dozen rebounds.
The junior varsity won its fourth game of the year, avenging an earlier 39-25 lickin' at Bourne. Julie Perry led the MV scoring with 15 points. The ladies of the Canal held a one-point edge at the half, 19-18 and grew that to a commanding 33-21 lead early in the second period. But Coach Maciel's crew rallied with 12 unanswered markers to tie at 33 with three minutes to go, then edged ahead and held on to win, 40-39.
Playing in the Oak Bluffs school gym, the MV freshmen girls trounced their guests, 62-37. Alexia Schroeder had a game-high 24 points. Jesse Donahue added 10. Loren Gibson and Cayla Morris both had eight, and Loren snagged 15 rebounds.
The girls varsity and jayvees play at Case, Thursday, and host the season-ending Island Invitational with Mt. Everett, Sabis and Harwich, Sunday and Monday.
"Sometimes you have to win ugly," was Coach Mike Joyce's comment after the varsity's 80-67 win at Bourne. A combined total of 61 fouls were called and 77 free throws taken. "The refs were calling everything," Mike said.
Matt Rivers dominated both ends of the court, scoring 35 points and grabbing 28 rebounds.
Tim Scott scored his personal season's best 11 points. MV shot well from the free stripe where Ben Madeiras, Tim Scott, and Matt Rivers were a combined 24 for 29.
The MV teams are home to Case, Friday.
The MV junior varsity won its game at Bourne, 64-47 and the freshmen prevailed, 57-51.
Goalie Alex Minnehan was a major factor in the Vineyard's tie with Bourne. He made 19 saves. Photo by Ralph Stewart
Standoff at Gallo
In a game touted as the one to decide the top spot in the South Coast Conference, the MVRHS boys varsity ice hockey team played to a 1-1 draw with Bourne at Gallo Arena, Saturday, deciding only that the two teams are remarkably well matched.
The Islanders scored first when Zach Silvia's seeing-eye shot from the right point found its way past goalie Bill McCallum.
Early in the second period Bourne's Chris McCarthy's shot on goal was tipped over the head of goalie Alex Minnehan by Kevin Gordon.
Close checking and impressive goal-tending was the order of the day. Bourne had 20 shots on goal. The Vineyard had 15. Only one penalty was called and that in the third period .
Earlier Saturday, the MV junior varsity boys got by Bourne, 4-3.
The Fairleigh Dickinson
Reading, Coyle & Cassidy, and Whitman Hansen are the invited guests to the ninth annual Fairleigh S. Dickinson ice hockey tournament this weekend at the Arena.
In the last decade the Vineyard has produced outstanding teams, even state champions, but it has never won its own tournament. Winners have been Coyle & Cassidy ('98), Hanover ('99), Shrewsbury ('00 and '01), Saugus ('02, '03, and '04), and North Reading ('05).
Will '06 be the Vineyard's first Fairleigh Dickinson win? Don't bet against it