Youth hockey tourney
MV Youth Hockey hosted a Squirt C tournament at the MV Arena last weekend. Two Island teams entered. MV One was a combination of Squirt players from the Purple and White squads coached by Bart Kent and Greg Carroll. MV Two was the travel Mite team coached by Chris Morely, Pat Jenkinson, Peter Jeffers, and Chuck Wiley.
The South Shore Seahawks, with players from Scituate, Norwell, and Hingham, provided the other entries as South Shore One and Two.
Friday the South Shore One team bested MV Two, 8-2. The Vineyarders outskated their opponents in the first period but the older, larger Seahawks began to dominate as the game lengthened and scored the first two points. A goal by Alexander Vukota, assisted by James Sashen, put MV on the board. After SS 1 scored again, Vukota made it 3-2 with help from Austen Morely.
The final score was 8-2, despite a strong defensive game by Aubrey Ashmun and goalie Wyatt Jenkinson.
Also Friday, the South Shore Two team beat the MV One, 4-1. Mike Mazza assisted by Kyle Stobie scored the MV goal. Zoli Clarke was credited with 46 saves in goal.
Brian Fraser and Aaron Figueroa had strong games.
On Saturday, the MV Two team beat MV One, 4-2. Zoli Clarke, relieved of goal-tending responsibilities by Zach Dupon, scored all four of his team's goals, with three unassisted and Callie Jackson assisting on the fourth. MV Two goals were by Austen Morely and Emerson Mahoney, assisted by Alexander Vukota, Joe Davies, and Chris Perry.
Later, South Shore One dropped South Shore Two, 6-4.
Saturday evening, SS Two was too much for MV Two, 12-3. MV scorers were Emerson Mahoney, Austen Morely and James Sashen with help from Joe Davies, (2) and Mahoney. Goalie Wyatt Jenkinson made 28 saves.
Also Saturday. MV One topped SS One, 5-3. The Squirts played their best game of the tourney. Eamon Mackenszie, assisted by Zoli Clarke, got the scoring going, followed by an unassisted goal from Clarke which made it 2-0. SS One lit the scoreboard with 2:18 to go in the first period but Callie Jackson answered with 43 seconds remaining for a 3-1 lead. Midway in the second frame Ben Bilzerian 's spectacular shot gave the Islanders a 4-1 lead. South Shore scored twice to draw within one, but Jackson, assisted by Joe Uva, iced it in the final minute for the 5-3 win.
Three teams finished the qualifying round with a 2-1 record but tie-breaking rules gave the nod to the South Shore teams. Sunday morning South Shore Two edged South Shore One, 5-4 in a game featuring three ties and two lead changes.
In the consolation game, MV One took the measure of MV Two, 8-4. Zoli Clarke opened the scoring and Joe Davies responded to tie. 1-1. Clarke's second goal restored the lead and Eamon Mackenzie made it 3-1 after one period.
The second period was all MV One as goals by Uva (2), Nick Kent (his first goal ever), and Kyle Stobie made it 7-1.
But the Travel Mites never gave up and scored three times in the final frame. Austen Morely (2) and Alexander Vukota did the honors with help from James Sashen, and Vukota.
Kyle Stobie assisted Callie Jackson for the game's and the tourney's last goal.
MV youth basketball
With the conclusion of the interscholastic basketball season, a win for the Edgartown boys and the Oak Bluffs girls, the MV Youth Basketball league began its season. Four boys teams and four girls teams, made up of seventh and eighth graders plus a few precocious sixth graders, play games Friday or Saturday at the B& G and Sunday at the high school.
Team One, coached by Donald Herman, leads the girls league having won both of its first two games. At the high school, Sunday, Feb. 5, Hayley Pierce's game-high 15 points led the way to a 29-22 win over Coach Justine Shemeth's Team Four. Maili Scott's eight points were tops for the Fours.
At the half Team One held a 17-6 lead.
Saturday, at the B&G, the Ones dropped the Threes, 28-20. Hayley Pierce led the winners again with 14 points. Shikha Datta chipped in eight more. The Threes, coached by Jessica Welch and Taylor MacDonald, had even scoring from Martha Scheffer (6), Alicia Oliviera (4), Heather Welch (4), and Jamie Forend (4). The Ones held a slim 10-7 lead at the half.
Also at the Sancy on Sunday, Joe Schroeder's Team Two defeated Team Three, 36-28. Katie Hines and Ali Flake paced the Two attack with 15 and 14 points. Kate Cecilio was high for the Threes with 14. Both Martha Scheffer and Heather Welch had 6. The score was tied at the half, 16-16.
Maili Scott was hot for the Fours, Saturday, and her 20 points accounted for most of Team Four's winning total of 29 . On the losing side was Team Two despite Both Katie Hines and Ali Flake scoring eight apiece in the 29-26 loss.
Team Two led at the half, 17-14.
In the season opener, the Runnin' Rebels, coached by Chris Joyce and Alex McClusky, featured a balanced attack to edge Pat Mercier's Eagles. 67-65. Justin Mercier (17) and Lance Todd (12) carried the offensive load for the Eagles
In the second game, the Huskies, coached by Dale Rogers, outlasted Don Persson's Blue Devils, 71-67, despite Steve Handy's 21 Devilish points.
In second games, The Blue Devils came from behind in the second half to catch and pass the Runnin' Rebels, 86-82. Randall Jette had 19 points, including three from long range. Pete Persson, Peter Keaney, and Don Lindland also had strong games. Jake Ferry scored 25 points in a losing cause.
In the late game, the Huskies grounded the Eagles with strong defense and 20 points from Liam McCarthy. Lamar Moreis and Michael Kendall contributed to the win. Lance Todd's 16 was high for the Eagles. Eric Dolliver added 13. Ryan Dunbar was a force under the glass.
Umpires are needed for Little League major and minor league baseball games. Games are played Monday to Friday at Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and West Tisbury fields beginning at 5 pm from April 24 to June 26.
Call Bob Brown, 508-627-7479, if you can work even one game. High school and college students needing community service hours can earn them by umpiring.
Darting at the PA
On Thursday, Feb. 2, the Bettencourt Bombers (Dave Bettencourt, Joe Andrade, Laurie Maciel, Charlene Barbosa) walked off with the money after soundly trouncing Eric Pachico's Patriots (Eric, Wayne George, Jeff Wray, Jen Foxlee) 8-3.
James Rowell hit a 120 three-dart-in.
The following Thursday , Wood's Warriors (Wes Wood, Tom Norton, Pete Searle, Kim Cottrill) took home the cash after besting Cottrill's Commandos (Ken Cottrill, David O'Sullivan, Bill Frizzell, Tim Corner), 8-3.
Bettencourt's Bombers 28
Wood's Warriors 28
Pachico's Patriots 21
Tesh's Tigers 21
Maciel's Marauders 20
Blanchette's Bruisers 20
Cottrill's Commandos 19
O'Sullivan's Optimists 19
RCBL top seeds win
No one was surprised, Monday night, when the Heat (10-1) defeated the Legends (1-10) in the first round of the RCBL playoffs at the Boys & Girls Club, 89-71.
One may be pardoned for wondering what the final score might have been had the Legends' top point producer, James Jennings, shown up.
The Legends made a game of it in the first quarter and even led a couple of times in the first six minutes. But by the half-time break the Heat had a comfortable 51-37 lead.
Legend Captain Julius Middleton led his troops with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Rich Shepherd added 17 and Nakia Timmons, 16. Jamel Brown contributed 12 more to the cause.
Nathaniel Scott paced the Heat attack with 23. Damon Mello tossed in 19 and Sandy Fisher had 16.
The nightcap produced a 107-100 win for Sharky's Timberwolves over the Lakers. Mike Joyce put on a three-point clinic, dropping the first six he launched from beyond the arc without a miss. Jason O'Donnell finished the game with a team-high 28. Mike's total was 25. Travis Baptiste had 20.
Jeff Labell (30) and Bryan Scott (30) carried most of the water for the Lakers. The Wolves led by 20 at the half, 61-41.
The same teams go back at it next Monday. Winners of the best two of three move on to the finals.
Eight MV girls competed at Jean's Gymnastics in Marlboro at levels 5 and 6, Feb. 4.
Sarah Alexander, 10, placed second all around at level five, accumulating 30.95 points.
Also 10, Lexi Willett was right behind in third with 30.55. Chantal Booker and Zana Van Rooyen finished in 7th and 8th places.
At level six, Island gymnasts swept first, second, and third honors. Bailey Moreis, 8, scored 33.15. Hannah Webster, 11, was one point back at 32.15, and Macayah Goodell, 9, took third with 31.05.
Laura Dostal, 11, was 6th at 30.25.
Thomas Goodell finished 12th all around at level nine in the West Point meet. More than 300 boys and men competed in six events.
The MVRHS baseball program is looking for a volunteer public address announcer to work the varsity's home games. Les Phillips, who has served faithfully and well for ten years has stepped away from the "mike". All but one of the team's home games are played after school on weekdays. To volunteer or learn more, call Gary Simmons, 508-693-1033, ext 247.
What's in a name?
BoatU.S., which claims to be the nation's largest recreational boat owners association, has published its annual list of the country's most popular boat names: (1) Seas The Day, (2) Aquaholic, (3) Island Time, (4) Dragonfly, (5) Pura Vida, (6) Encore, (7) Black Pearl, (8) Destiny, (9) Serenity Now, (10) License to Chill.
The top three names are repeats from last year. The appearance of Pura Vida (pure life) is supposed to indicate the growing number of Hispanic boaters.