Scott Maciel skates by a diving Warrior.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
Warriors end MV quest
Coyle and Cassidy's hockey team proved too much for the Vineyarders at Gallo Arena, Friday, and ended the Islanders quixotic quest for a place at the finalists' table, dropping them from further play in the Division 2 South tournament.
It really wasn't surprising. Coyle had accumulated an impressive 24-1 record, earning the number one seed in the division and had dominated the Fairleigh Dickinson tournament here in mid February. With a 10-10-3 record, MV was seeded 13th.
But Coach Mincone's young men had defied the odds by upsetting 4th seeded Canton and the 12th seed Boston Latin to reach the semi-finals. And there was that intangible thing called tradition. "Who would have picked us to be here?" Coach Minehan asked of the Cape Cod Times. The true believers might have been the team itself.
Three busloads of fans made the trip to cheer their heroes on to what would have been the biggest upset of all. But it wasn't to be.
Rob Donahue, who would figure in four of the Warriors' goals, started the scoring with an unassisted, short-handed goal at 9:31. Two minutes later, Matt Farley scored, also unassisted, after intercepting a purple pass in their own zone
Coyle had taken advantage of two Vineyard errors. Except for that the period was evenly played. C&C had taken six shots on goal; the Vineyard had four.
The Islanders have often had trouble in the second period and they did again Friday. Most of the period's play was in the Vineyard end. The Warriors took 17 shots on Alex Minehan's goal while the Vineyarders challenged C&C goalie Jordan Hume only twice.
Goals came early and often: Ryan Jones, short-handed at 2:46. E.J. MacDonald one minute later. Donahue (his second) at 7:14, Dave Benoit at 8:05, and Matt Hagerstrom at 9:14.
The Warriors added three more in the third period off relief goalie Michael Capen on goals by Brian Johnson, Dana Borges, and Brad Richards. Coyle 10, MV 0.
Beside his two goals, Donahue had two assists; Benoit had three
At Gallo Arena, Sunday, Coyle Cassidy defeated Franklin, 4-0 claiming the division championship and erasing any possible doubt that the Fairleigh Dickinson winners were the class act of Division 2 South this year.
Next Sunday the Warriors play Gloucester at Boston's TD BankNorth Garden for the state championship title.
Garry Metters, 40, of Vineyard Haven finished second, the first Vineyarder to finish.
The runnin' o' the green
Carlos Borges, 40, of Tyngsboro won the ninth annual Ocean View St. Pat's 5 K road race, Sunday, making the run in 18:59, 14 seconds slower than last year's winning time by Lenny Verville of Oak Bluffs. This year Lenny finished third in 20:03 behind Garry Metters, 40, of Vineyard Haven, who was second at 19:34.
The rest of the top ten were : (4) Jamie McNeely, 45, Vineyard Haven, 20:19, (5) John Piekos, 41, Westford, 20:30 (6) Paul Vietedfeuille, 41, Tisbury, 20:41, (7) Daniel Vaughan, 30, Edgartown, 21:13, (8) Adyler DePaula, 42, Tisbury, 21:16, (9) Nick Mucciarne, 15, South Walpole, 22:12, (10) Peter Keaney, 12, Oak Bluffs, 22:18.
The first female to reach the finish line was Katherine Shanor, 40, of Oak Bluffs in 22:43. She was 12th overall.
Seventy-six Boys & Girls Club supporters made the run under overcast skies at 50 degrees, good distance running weather, but that was 21 fewer than last year's 97.
Winner in the several gender/age categories were:
Female 12-15: (1) Rachel Cassiani, 13, Tisbury, 12:49.1 (2) Erica Brabart, 12, Oak Bluffs, 12:49.2
Female 16-19: (1) Katie Mucciarone, 18, So. Walpole, 24:10 (2) Marguerite Cogliano, 17, Oak Bluffs, 33:22
Female 20-29: (1) Kristine Cammorata, 29, Edgartown, 29:01 (2) Annie Murphy, 21, Edgartown, 35:24 (3) Elizabeth Simisan, 23, W. Suffield, Conn., 40:45.
Female 30-39: Tammy Moreis, 39, Oak Bluffs. 26:12 (2) Marcela Pouliot, 33, Edgartown, 26:42 (3) Linda Hammond, 35, Oak Bluffs, 27:34 (4) Karen Burke, 37, Tisbury, 28:03 (5) Belinda Booker, 34, Aquinnah, 28:28.
Female 40-49: (1) Katherine Shanor, 40, Oak Bluffs, 22:43 (2) Beth Sawyer, 49, Edgartown, 24:50 (3) Anne Williamson, 41, Edgartown, 26:16 (4) Diane Nolan, 40, Tisbury, 27:35 (4) Donna Creighton, 42, Tisbury, 29:10
Female 50-59: (1) Phylis Kugler, 59, West Tisbury, 26:32 (2) Peg Jackson, 55, Tisbury, 37:39 (3) Debbie Luce, 53, Tisbury, 37:39 (4) Ardell Otten, 55, Edgartown, 41:49.
Male 11-under: (1) Brendan Maseda, 11, Oak Bluffs, 25:41 (2) Spencer Booker, 11, Aquinnah, 28:10, (3) Nevin Wallis, 7, Tisbury, 36:07, (4) Devon Metters, 6, Tisbury, 36:08.
Male 12-15: Nick Mucciarone, 15, So. Walpole, 22:12, (2) Peter Keaney, 12, Oak Bluffs, 22:58 (3) Kyle Mercaldo, 15, Tisbury, 29:11.
Male 16-19: (1) Joseph Keaney, 16, Oak Bluffs, 22:58
Male 20-29: (1) Dustin Shaw, 21, Oak Bluffs, 23:47 (2) Matthew Sponable, 28, Chilmark, 25:41 (3) Chris Wiggins, 29, Oak Bluffs, 28:27 (4) Stephen MacAleese, 29, Hyannis, 36:46 (5) Daniel Marshall, 25, Edgartown, 37:18.
Male 30-39: (1) Daniel Vaughan, 30, Edgartown, 21:13 (2) Peter Rosbeck II, 36, Tisbury, 24:43 (3) William Jackson, 36, Tisbury, 25:18 (4) Michael Zappula, 37, Oak Bluffs, 25:59 (5) Jonathan Klaren, 39, Chilmark, 26:56,
Male 40-49: (1) Carlos Borges, 40, Tyngsboro, 18:59 (2) Garry Metters, 40, Tisbury, 19:34 (3) Leonard Verville, 42, Oak Bluffs, 20:03 (4) Jamie McNeely, 45, Tisbury, 20:19 (5) John Piekos, 41, Westford, 20:30.
Male 50-59: (1) Michael Bigby, 57, 25:26.
Male 60-69: David Linton, 61, Edgartown, 28:32.
Timing was by MVRHS Track & Field Coach Joe Schroeder.
Zolie Clarke thwarts a Purple attacker for one of his 27 saves.
Boys youth hockey
South Shore #5, one of the three South Shore teams entered in the Red Kennedy Mites tournament, emerged champion in round-robin play last weekend at the Arena with MV White, MV Black and the Starhawks of Northboro.
The Vineyard teams faced each other in the consolation game, which ended in a 5-5 tie.
The MV Whites: Barry MacDonald, Dorian Johnson, Chris Perry, Andrew Wiley, James Sashin, Oren Osnoss, Joe Davies, Sydney Minnehan, Jason Millen, Nathan Francis, Greg McCarron, Josh Forend, Jackson Mahaffey, coached by Chuck Wiley and Bruce Mahaffey.
The MV Blacks: Wyatt Jenkinson, Mason Jeffers, Austen Morely, Jack Slayton, Zach Fullen, Anthony Jackson, Brahmin Thurber, Nicholas Vukota, Alex Vukota, Emerson Mahoney, and Tristan Araujo coached by Chris Morely, Ronald Jackson, Travis Thurber, and Pat Jenkinson.
Cape Cod Squirts playoffs
The MV Purple Squirts won their 23rd game without a loss or tie, Saturday at Tony Kent Arena, defeating Yarmouth Dennis, 5-2. Max Davies opened the scoring at 2:54 of the first period assisted by Shea Hill. Max scored again in the second frame with help from Connor Chisholm. Y-D had no thought of giving up. They tied it, 2-2, in the third period. But Shea Hill put the Vineyard ahead 3-2 off a great pass by Harrison Rodrigues. Shea added another goal, assisted again by Rodrigues and Tyson Araujo added frosting to the cake, 5-2 assisted by Aaron Figueroa.
Davies achieved his hat trick early in the third period assisted by game captain Ben Bilzerian.
The MV White Squirts played the Lower Cape Coyotes in the season's most exciting game. It was scoreless after two periods. In the third, Andrew Carroll grabbed a rebound off Jake Hart's shot and sent it to Kip Cooperrider who found the net with 5:15 on the clock. Lower Cape tied the score two minutes later, sending the game into an OT shootout. MV goalie Zoli Clark stopped all of the Lower Cape shots. Callie Jackson and Eamon MacKenzie beat the Cape goalie, nailing down the OT win.
The MV junior high team edged D/Y at Bridgewater, Sunday, 7-6. Team captain Josh Naylor posted the first point assisted by Darren Gazaille who finished the game with three assists and three goals, two unassisted. Also scoring: Patrick Hart, Jock Cooperrider. and Jordi Abrahams, assisted by Tyler Araujo and (2) Colby Gouldrup. Alex Dorr and Louie Jacobs shared net duty behind strong defender Alex Bilzerian.
Tuesday, at the Arena, the undefeated MV Purple Squirts played the almost unbeaten MV White Squirts - winner to earn the title of Cape Cod League Champion. Winner, 5-2, was the still unscathed Purples.
Shea Hill started the scoring for Purple unassisted midway through the first period.
Kip Cooperrider evened the count for the Whites early in the second but before the period was over Tyson Araujo (assisted by Mac Davies) and Harrison Rodrigues had posted two more Purple points.
In the third period, Rodrigues scored again with help from Araujo and Davies, making it 4-1. Cooperrider teamed with Jake Hart to get one back for the Whites and Araujo scored his second of the evening assisted by Connor Chisholm.
Purple goalie Zach Dupon made 11 saves. Zolie Clarke was busier, stopping 27 shots on goal for the Whites.
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A well-tattooed Teejay Roginski and Jason O'Donnell bumped into each other under the basket with some regularity.
Timberwolves win first round
The Timberwolves and the Heat met Monday at the Boys & Girls Club in the first of their best two-of-three series to decide the 'O5-'06 RCBL Championship. The Canines from Sharky's were the first to howl, 91-87.
After the first 12-minute quarter the Wolves sat in the catbird seat with twice the Heat's total, 32-16. Everyone contributed, none more than Mike Joyce who sank two from long distance plus a deuce for eight points. Damon Mello, who began the game limping and left the game temporarily with nausea, had six of the Heat's 16.
The second quarter was a mirror image of the first, with the Heat catching the Wolves, even passing them briefly in the final minute of the period. Again it was Mello leading the charge with 12 points, including two treys to finish the quarter.
At the break, the Wolves advantage had shrunk to one, 46-45.
The Heat caught up and passed the Wolves seven minutes into the third quarter, 58-57, but it didn't last. A trey by Adam Rebello, a foul shot and a three pointer by Chris Joyce and a deuce by John Blau restored the Wolves' edge. And they ended the period up, 66-62.
The Heat were not through. Sandy Fisher's 13 points led a 16-point charge which put the hot ones ahead, 85-79. But they would add only two more points to their total in the three minutes remaining while Chris Joyce, Harry Holmes, Jason O'Donnell, Travis Baptiste and Adam Rebello took turns tossing the ball through the hoop for a 91-87 win.
It could be said that the Timberwolves won the game at the foul line. They took 28 free throws and cashed 15 of them. The Heat took 15 freebies and made seven.
No excuses were offered, but the Heat obviously missed the services of Nathaniel Scott and Ryan Murtha. Damon Mello (26) and Sandy Fisher (25) led the Heat offense. Chris Joyce (24) and Jason O'Donnell (17) paced the Wolves.
Marc Rivers and Pat Mercier blew the whistles and enforced the rules of the game.
Game two tips off 7 pm, Monday, at the B&G.