Tony Grillo, MVRHS top golfer and perennial junior champion at Farm Neck, will compete in this year's Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, July 27-30 at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A junior at the high school, Tony will play in the boys 16 to 18 division.
The annual tournament is international in more than name with golfers from 28 nations participating.
Past champions of Optimist-sponsored tourneys include Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Craig Stadler, Amy Alcott, and Nick Price.
Sis Boom Bah !
Cheerleading practice will begin at 5 pm, Monday, August 7, at the MVRHS football field. All high school students, both boys and girls, are welcome.
Persons with questions may call the cheerleading coach, Becky Stevens, at 508-693-1594.
Gloria and Theodore Manning led the North-South scoring at the Bridge Club of Martha's Vineyard tables on Saturday at the Tisbury senior center.
Regina McDonough and Betty Morris tied for second-place honors with Bea Brown and Jim Kaplan.
The top East-West team was Gerry Jones and Charity Randolph. Rosemary Taylor and Irene Gaines were second.
Nick Bologna of Chilmark was the Class A winner of the 2006 Klays for Kids Charity Skeet Shoot, Sunday, at the MV Rod & Gun Club. Nick edged out his friend Mark Plante in a shoot-off after both had broken 49 of 50 clay pigeons.
Eleven shooters took part in this year's version of the annual event, which raises money for the Club's three programs for children.
Other winners were: Class B, Mark Plante; Class C, Stu Lollis
The Club's annual skeet championship shoot will be August 6.
Just wait 'til next year
The MV 11- to 12-year-old All Stars will not be going to the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., this year.
They suffered their second loss in the double elimination tournament Saturday at Lakeville, losing to the same rangy fastball pitcher and his Middleboro teammates that beat them two weeks ago, 4-1.
Ben Ciciora pitched for the Islanders, fanning 9, walking 5, and giving up 8 hits. Ben drove in the Vineyard's lone run with a double. Other MV hits were by Peter Keaney, William Stewart, Alec Tattersall, Stuart Hersh, and Del Araujo.
Wednesday, the Vineyarders beat East Bridgewater at Sandwich, 9-5, behind Ciciora's 14 K hurling. He allowed 6 hits. MV collected 14. Araujo had 3 hits, 4 RBIs, and scored twice. Ciciora, Stewart, and Jack Roberts all hit safely twice.
The very next day William Stewart shut out Wareham there, 2-0, giving up two hits and striking out 8. Peter Keaney had three of the Vineyard's nine hits including a double and a home run. He scored both of the Vineyard's runs.
No longer in the World Series tourney, the Islanders will enter tournaments at Sandwich, July 28-30, and at Falmouth, Aug. 4-6.
Tuesday, at Veterans Park, the Honey's squeezed by the Snaps, 9-8. It took an extra inning to do it. The Snaps scored twice in the first. The Honeys evened the count with single runs in the third and fourth. The Snaps went back up by two with a pair in the bottom of the fifth. The Honeys exploded for six in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the inning the Snaps posted four, forcing the game into OT.
In other Tuesday action, the Shady Ladies were leading the Coolers, 11-1, when the Coolers were forced to forfeit for lack of a full lineup of players, and the Creamers turned a 2-1 squeaker into a rout with 12 runs in the last two innings, creaming the Late Fees. 14-1. Lori Rezendes hit a two-run homer in the four-run sixth.
Last Friday, Wampum posted its first win with a 13-12 extra-inning defeat of the Late Fees; the Shady Ladies shut out the Oysters, 8-0; and the Creamers did the same to the Snaps, 10-0.
League standings as of Wednesday: (1) Creamers 8-1, (2) Shady Ladies 6-2, (3) Oysters 5-2 (4) Honeys 3-3, (5) late Fees 3-5 (6) Coolers 2-6, (6) Snaps 2-6, (8) Wampum 1-5
Tuesday evening, at Veterans Park, Shirley's Hardware bested Lathe & Plaster, 1-0, in a Vineyard Football Assn. soccer game and Broadway edged Sports Haven, by the same 1-0 margin.
Meredith does it again
Meredith Smith, MVRHS '01 and a senior at UMass Boston, won the javelin throw at the Bay State Games, Saturday, at M.I.T., with a toss of 132'1". It was the second time that Meredith has won the Bay State event.
Meredith's proud father, Gary, is the physical education teacher at the Edgartown School.
Hoops for girls
Lynne Silvia, who has a basketball program for girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 at the Boys & Girls Club, Mondays, has another one for high school and older girls at the Sanci Pacheco gym at MVRHS, Wednesdays at 6 pm. Call Lynne with questions: 508-693-7439.
Last Thursday, an overcast, intermittently rainy evening cleared just in time for the Holmes Hole Sailing Assn. harbor race. Five boats posted for the start and sailed a triangular course from red nun 6 outside the breakwater to green can 23A at East Chop, to red nun 4 at West Chop and back to the starting point. First to finish was Bow Van Riper in Wyche, followed by Jerry Goodale in Stormalong, Dan Culkin in Magic Time, Charlie Felder in Surprise, and Mike Oliveira in Bora.
Nine boats showed up for Sunday's Sound race on a hot humid day with light north winds. The course was set from red nun 6 to red nun 4 at West Chop, to red bell 2 in Vineyard Sound, to buoy RW NW in Nantucket Sound, to green bell 23 near Oak Bluffs and into the harbor to finish at red nun 6.
The fleet started in good order, but during the beat to windward the wind began to die. The current was pulling hard to the northwest, aiding sailors who made the mark close by. As the boats entered the Sound, they were met by a robust east-setting current when they rounded bell 2. With virtually no wind, the current swept most of the fleet inside buoy RW NW. Some dropped anchor in 80 feet of water, but most were swept away and were unable to finish.
In the A division, Irving Gates was first in Indian Summer. Phil Hale in Mischief was second. Seven others retired in light air.
Lori Eible and Paul Adler won the Grand Slam Round Robin tennis tournament at Farm Neck, Saturday, by defeating Lisa Brown and John Harris, 6-3.
Runners-up in the two flights were Jilana Abrams and Alan Abrams, Virginia Normandeau and Chris Costelli.
Last Wednesday Sports Haven kept Coop deVille's record spotless (0-4) with a 3-1 pasting.
In the evening's second game, the Atlantic Football Club edged Broadway Screen Printing, 1-0.
Thursday, Shirley's Hardware shut out Broadway Screen Printing, 3-0, and MV Lathe & Plaster bested Sports Haven, 3-1.
Standings as of Tuesday AM
G W T L P F GA
Atlantic FC 4 4 0 0 12 8 0
Shirley's Hrdw 5 3 1 1 10 6 2
MV Lathe & P 5 3 0 2 9 10 8
Sports Hvn 5 2 1 2 7 7 7
Broadway SP 5 0 2 3 2 1 7
Coop de Ville 4 0 0 4 0 2 12
The League's leading scorers are (1) Eduardo DeSilva of Sports Haven, 4 (1) John DeWitt of MV L&P, 4 (3) Lucas Brewer of Shirley's, Charlie DeWitt of Sports Haven, and Antulio Neto of Atlantic all have 3. Daniel Vignolo of Coop deVille has 2.
OB above the rim
The Oak Bluffs Men's Basketball League plays three games on Mondays and Fridays, beginning at 6:30 pm at Niantic Park.
Leading the league with an undefeated record is Rage at 5-0, followed by Monstars, 4-1. The Cottage City Kings have won 3 and lost 2, and the HS Ballers are 2-3. The Pats are 1-4 and the Young Gunners, 0-5, have yet to win.
The league's leading scorer is Matt Rivers of the Monstars at 21.8 per game.
The HS Ballers' Nick Viera is second at 15. Then comes Brian Fitzgerald (Rage) with 13.8, Jay Chalifoux, 12.4, and Chris Joyce, 12.0.
John Swan leads in thefts with 4 steals per game and Dana Mead has the most assists, 5.8 per game. Brian Fitzgerald is the leading rebounder, with a 15.3 average.
A 7th to 10th grade league began play Tuesdays and Thursdays last week.
Russ MacDonald, Pat Mercier, and Dale Rogers handle the officiating with panache.
The MV Under 10 All-Star baseball team defeated Middleboro at Barnstable, Saturday, 14-7 behind starting pitcher Austin Stevenson and relievers Tyson Araujo and Tony Canha. The whole team contributed to the run-producing offense.
In a second game, Saturday, the Islanders were shut out by Barnstable, 9-0. Perhaps the most outstanding play of the game was a diving catch of a line drive by Stevenson at first base. Catcher Zoli Clarke played an outstanding game behind the plate.
Sunday the MV U-10's trounced South Plymouth at Veira Park, 15-0. Colin Cameron earned the shutout. Joey Uva led the offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate.
In the second game, Sunday, Taymon Brown started and went three innings. Mike Mussell relieved and shut the door. Trailing 7-6 after three innings, the Islanders exploded for 11 runs in the fourth, keyed by a Ben Lukowitz double. Tim Roberts had three hits in the game and held down the hot corner with distinction.
Tuesday, at Veira Park, the U-10's take on Bridgewater at 4:00 pm.
Kris Lukowitz is the team manager. Steve Mussell and Jeff Canha are coaches.
Triathletes, experienced or wannabe, are invited to join the Bend-in-the-Road Bunch of Vineyard triathletes on Sundays, at 7 am, at the Bend-in-the-Road Beach for a 1/4-mile swim, 8-mile bike ride and 5-K run.