Photos by Ralph Stewart
Spring sports at MVRHS
Hockey pads and basketballs were retired in favor of lacrosse sticks, baseballs, and softballs at the high school as spring sports teams began practice in earnest this week.
Softball and tennis will open their spring seasons first at MVRHS, Friday, March 31.
The varsity and junior varsity softball teams are at Carver. The varsity continues on the road Tuesday, April 11, at Apponequet and Thursday at Fairhaven. The jayvees host Old Rochester, Tuesday, April 4 and Apponequet a week later. The first varsity home game is with Old Rochester, April 4.
The boys tennis team is home to Bourne, Friday, March 31, then travels to Sandwich a week later. The girls tennis team is just the opposite, opening at Bourne on Friday and entertaining Sandwich the next Saturday.
The coed sailing team gets wet with Duxbury here April 1st. Their next five regattas are also here and they come quickly: April 4, Harwich; April 5, Sandwich; April 6 Chatham, April 8, Nauset.
Saturday, April 1 also signals the starting gun for girls varsity track at the Notre Dame-Hingham relays. The following Thursday, April 6, the girls begin a four-meet home stand with Mashpee.
The boys begin their track and field season hosting Bristol-Plymouth, Thursday, April 4 and follow that meet with Blue Hills, Monday, the 10th and Southeastern, Thursday the 13th, both here.
The junior varsity baseball team is home to Old Rochester, Tuesday, April 4 and Apponequet a week later.
The varsity's first pitch is at D/Y, Wednesday, April 5. Their first home game is Saturday, April 8, against the same Dolphins.
The lacrosse teams are the last to launch. All four (boys varsity and junior varsity, girls varsity and junior varsity) face off with Dartmouth teams, boys there, girls here, Thursday, April 6. Both the boys and girls teams are home to Nauset, Saturday the 8th. Boys at 12:30, girls at 2:00.
Six of the girls' first seven games are at home. Four of the boys first six are also here.
The winning and still champion Timberwolves are (front, left to right) Adam Rebello, Travis Baptiste, Harry Holmes, Noah Hazelton. Back row: Mike Joyce, John Blau, Chris Joyce, Pat Ecklin, and Brian Welch.
It's the Timberwolves again
The reigning champions of the RCBL kept their crown by defeating the Heat in the second of the best two-of-three final series, 96-84, Monday, at the Boys & Girls Club, ending a basketball season that began in early November.
The Heat jumped off quickly and led by seven, 16-9, midway through the first period, but then went cold long enough for the Timberwolves to catch up with four minutes left in the quarter and that's how the period ended, with the teams locked at 25-25.
Teejay Roginski kept the Heat warm with 11 of the team's first quarter points.
The Wolves scored the first seven points of the second quarter and grew that lead to 13 at the break, 54-41. Mike Joyce hit three in a row from long range. Chris Joyce and Adam Rebello also had three pointers in the period.
Chris Joyce began the second half with a trey, increasing the Wolves' lead to 16. But that seemed to energize the Heat. Unanswered deuces by Roginski, Mello, Fisher, Mello again, Fisher again, closed the gap to six. After Chris Joyce cashed two freebies Sandy Fisher launched one from long range to make it a five-point game.
Noah Hazelton came off the bench to score twice, one from beyond the arc and the Timberwolves had a ten-point edge again. It was 70-60 after three quarters.
Sandy Fisher began the final period with two treys, reducing the Wolves lead to four, 70-66.
Buckets by Adam Rebello and Brian Welch restored an eight-point edge. A three-point play and a deuce by Roginski made it 72 for the Heat. But two by Harry Holmes and another by Welch answered.
With two minutes left, the Wolves were ahead by eight, 89-81. In the "garbage time" remaining, Adam Rebello was 4-for-4 from the line and 1-for-1 from long distance, raising the T-Wolves' total to 96. Heat captain Sandy Fisher dropped his third three-pointer of the period, the fifth of the game, the last of the season, and the buzzer sounded with the Wolves up by a dozen, 96-84.
Ryan Ruley and Marc Rivers wore the striped shirts and enforced the rules of the game.