Jason Mello clears the high hurdles on his way to a win. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Track & Field teams win
Bristol Plymouth visited Thursday and won three of the six field events, four of the seven races but the Vineyard's depth of talent spelled victory for the purple and white, 62-55.
The meet was shortened when B/P left to catch the 6:15 ferry leaving the mile and the relays unrun.
Garrett Rice and James Bishop gave MV 2nd and 3rd in the shot put,
Ry Yennie (115'), Rice and Bishop gave the Vineyard its only sweep, in the discus. Matt Williams (130' 3") and Spencer Hughes were 1-2 with the javelin.
Stephen Greenberg and David Amabile both cleared 5' 6, earning 2nd and 3rd points, in the high jump.
Amabile (18' 8") and Connor Rasmussen were 1-2 in the long jump and Rasmussen (37' 10.5") took second in the triple.
Jackson Parker (10:43) took the gold in the two-mile grind and Mason Fischer was second in 11:30.
Thomas Knowles (49.4) won the 300 low hurdles.
B-P came on strong in the later events, sweeping the dash, taking first and second in the 800, 110 high hurdles, and the 400.
David Amabile stopped the bleeding by finishing first in the 200.
Alan Wiley led a Vineyard sweep of the 800.
The Blue Hills meet
Monday, versus Blue Hills, the Vineyarders, were in control from the start. They led at the conclusion of the field events, 37.5 to 16.5 and they finished strong with sweeps of the 800, 400, high hurdles, and mile. They also won both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays to post a 102.5 - 32.5 victory.
The shot put was another purple sweep with Rice (39' 2.5"), Bishop, and Yennie at win, place and show.
Blue Hills won the discus and javelin with Islanders Yennie and Rice, Hughes, and Flanders at 2nd and 3rd.
Greenberg won the high jump with a 5' 6" leap and Amabile was second. Amabile was the only M.V. pointer in the long jump, 2nd at 17' 9.5". Rasmussen, Josh Jackson, and Colin Kelley took all the points in the triple jump.
Mason Fischer (11:35) and Logan Russell were 1-2 at two miles. Doug Asselin and Thomas Knowles were 2nd and 3rd in the 300 low hurdles.
Amabile's second prevented a Blue Hills sweep of the dash. Alan Wiley (2:31.7), Blair Rancich, and Kelley took all the points in the 800 as did Jason Mello, Gus Paquet-Whall, and Josh Flanders in the 110 highs, and Rasmussen, Yennie, and Maciel in the 400. Amabile's 24.4 was second best at 200 meters and Casey Decker was a close 3rd.
Jackson Parker broke the 5-minute wall, running the mile in 4:55. Fischer and Williams finished the sweep. .
Jahnes, Decker, Asselin, and Rasmussen were the winning 4x100 relay team in 50.1.
Paquet-Whall, Kelley, Parker, and Yennie won the 4x400 in 4:03. Jackson Parker's third leg was key. He took the baton trailing by 20 yards, passed the Blue Hills runner on the backstretch and handed off a 30-yard lead to anchorman Yennie.
Final score: M.V. 102.5, Blue Hills 32.5.
Girls dash Mashpee
While the boys were contending with B-P, Friday, the MV girls were giving Mashpee an 81-36 trouncing.
The Vineyarders took all the points in the shot put, discus, and javelin. Alice Hopkins was a double winner of the shot (30' 7") and discus (80' 9"). Ashley Medeiros and Janelle Fortes finished the shot put sweep, Rebekah Nivala and Emma Lee Iversen polished off the discus.
Cassaundra Gaines (77' 9") led Willoughby Smith and Emily Smith in a sweep of the javelin. Kate Nevin's second-place tie was the best M.V. could do in the high jump. Ashley Rebello won the long jump at 14' 11.5" and Morgan Ibarrondo took third.
Morgan and Alexia Schroeder were place and show in the triple.
M.V. led after the field events, 41-13.
Allison Flanders ran away with the two mile in 12:59. Cassaundra Gaines was third.
Morgan Ibarrondo and Emma Lee Iversen were 2-3 in the 300 low hurdles. Ashley Medeiros's third was the only M.V. point in the sprint.
Hilary Dreyer and Katelyn Mahoney took the gold and silver at 800 meters.
Morgan Ibarrondo and Breanna McCormick won blue and red ribbons in the 110 high hurdles. Alexia Schroeder and Alice Hopkins took 2nd and 3rd at 400 meters. Kim Carlomagno came in third at 200 meters just before Mashpee ran to catch the ferry.
Alaina Aristide's passing was a key to the Vineyard's varsity victories.
A busy weekend
Dartmouth spoiled the MV girls lacrosse season opener here, Thursday, 13-3. Katie Campbell (2) and Ilikea Scott scored for the home team. Freshman Zoe Fisher was credited with 15 saves.
Saturday in the rain, the girls climbed onto the winning path with a vengeance, shutting out Nauset, 11-0. The scoring was spread throughout the team. Katherine Clark, Taylor MacDonald, and Jane Alexander each had two. Katie Campbell, Katie Keppeler, Alaina Aristide, Rachel Schubert, and Laura Jernegan also scored.
The score was 10-0 at the half and except for a mistake it would have remained that way as the team practiced its passing skills and refused to "pile on."
Zoe Fisher applied the whitewash making eight saves in goal behind defenders Jenny Murphy and Emily Lindsey.
Sunday's rain must have made the girls from England's Saints Katherine's and Helen's school feel right at home. Thirty-nine players and four coaches made the trip across the ocean and the Sound for the game.
All knew it would be a real test as the Saints are the top-ranked high school team in England. The Vineyard girls met the challenge head on.
The first 15 minutes of the game were scoreless. Then the Saints caught fire and scored five unanswered goals before the half-time break.
In the second period Jane Alexander converted a Katherine Clark pass for the first MV goal before the period was a minute old. Clark made it 5-2 midway in the period assisted by Alaina Aristide. Taylor MacDonald scored two minutes later and Clark scored her second goal off a rebound to draw within one of the lead.
The Saints got one back to restore a two-goal edge.
But the Vineyard had the bit in their teeth. MacDonald scored her second goal with eight minutes left on the clock and five minutes later Aristide found Jane Alexander in front of the net to knot the score at six.
Then, with seven seconds left, Alexander came from behind the net with a great crease roll and scored the winning goal. Vineyard 7, Saints 6.
The English visitors went on to play the reigning state champions at Westwood and won, 11-9.
Tuesday, the MV girls went right on winning and dropped Bourne, 6-2. The first half was scoreless until just two minutes were left in the period. Then two goals by the Vineyarders and one by Bourne made it 2-1 at the break. The second half belonged to the home team and the Islanders won, 6-2.
Jayvees also win
When the MV junior varsity took the field to face visiting Dartmouth, there was only one sub left on the bench. But the Islanders were determined and parlayed two goals by Sophie Lew and another by Christina Wiley with great goaltending by Kaitlin Kram into a 3-2 opening day win.
Against the English Jayvees, Sunday, the Islanders played well but were outclassed, 9-0.
Tuesday, the Islanders hosted Bourne and treated the ladies of the Canal to an 8-4 pasting. Goals were by Sarah Sylvia (2), Christina Wiley (2), Ana Christina Jurczyk, Alexa Fisher, Sophie Lew, and Lauren Petkus.
It was their second league win in as many starts.