MV Youth Hockey
The M.V. Bantams took on the Barnstable Lightning at the Arena, Saturday, and shut them out, 6-0.
Tyler Araujo, assisted by Tony DeBettencourt, had the only goal of the first period. In the second, Maggie Johnson scored her first goal of the year with help from Charles Goldthwait. Goldthwait also assisted on Tony DeBettencourt's goal.
In the third period Connor Chisholm, Maggie Johnson, and Tyler Araujo all posted points. It was Connor's first. Assist credits went to Alex Bilzerian, DeBettencourt, and Araujo.
Louis Jacob-Walsh and Mike Sylvia shared shutout honors in goal. The Bantams are10-0-2.
The M.V. Travel Mites picked up another two wins at the Kennedy Arena, topping the Barnstable Bruins, Saturday, 12-0, and the Capitals, Sunday, 8-2.
Goals and assists were credited to: Aksel Cooperrider (2-1), Nainoa Cooperrider (3-4), Josh Forend (2-2), James Sashin (1-2), Joe Davies (5-2), Nick Vukota (4-4), and Mason Jeffers (3-5). Anthony Jackson played a solid defensive game in front of goalie Wyatt Jenkinson who kept Barnstable in check.
The M.V. Travel Mites are in first place in the C&I, 7-1-2.
The M.V. Girls played at Falmouth, Sunday, and despite excellent defensive efforts by Katie Stewart and Mary Vogel and goalie Ana Sylvia, they bowed, 2-0.
The Squirt Islanders lost a nail-biter to Lower Cape at the Charles Moore Arena, Sunday, 3-2.
Lower Cape scored twice before Callie Jackson put MV on the board in the second period. L.C. took a 3-1 lead early in the third period. Andrew Carroll made it a 3-2 game with four minutes remaining, and that was the final score. The Islanders are 7-1-1 on the year.
The M.V. Peewees game at Falmouth, Saturday, was a 16-0 blowout, highlighted by Eamon Mackenzie's first goal of the season, assists by Harrison Rodrigues and Aaron Figueroa, and Joe Uva's strong defensive play.
The Peewees are 7-3-0.
The M.V. Mites, Squirts, and Bantams all lead their leagues. The Peewees are in third place behind Nantucket and Lower Cape.
The unbeaten Oak Bluffs boys varsity basketball team had its way with the Tisbury Tigers at O.B., Thursday, 60-19.
It was a one-sided game from the start, primarily because the Blazers had complete control of the boards. O.B. had nine points before T.J. Van Gerven scored for Tisbury. Then it was 16-4 and 28-6. At the half, the board read Home: 34, Guest 6.
Three minutes into the second half Tisbury's Mike Araujo went down with a neck injury and did not get up. The O.B. Police and EMTs responded to assistant principal Carlin Hart's call and Mike was taken to the hospital on a gurney. He recovered completely and was at school the next day.
The final count was Oak Bluffs 60, Tisbury 19.
Randall Jette finished with 17 Blazer points. Ben Ciciora had 16 and Jack Wadleigh 11. T.J. Van Gerven was the top Tiger.
The Tisbury junior varsity squad eked out a 20-18 win in the second contest. Both Trenton Brown and Andrew Williamson scored twice in the first half and the Tiger Cubs led at the break, 13-4. They extended the lead to 18-6 and then went cold. The Blazers took advantage, scoring 12 unanswered points to even the count at 18 with half a minute left on the clock. Tiger Trenton Brown grabbed a rebound off the Tisbury board and dribbled the length of the court to score the winning hoop. Tisbury 20, Oak Bluffs 18.
At Vineyard Haven, the lady Tigers squeezed by Oak Bluffs in a nail-biter, 35-34. Lauren McLane, Madeline Penicaud, and Larissa Cacique led the Tigers. Jillian Sedlier and Alicia Oliviera were high for the Blazers.
The O.B. junior varsity girls easily defeated the Tisbury jayvees, 20-4.
At Edgartown, Tuesday, the Tisbury boys team defeated the Eagles, 53-28. The Tisbury jayvees also won.
The O.B. boys team juggernaut rolled into West Tisbury for a make-up game, Monday, and came away with a convincing 58-14 victory.
Randall Jette carried the mail early, scoring eight of his team's first dozen points, grabbing rebounds and loose balls, and driving the ball up court. After 10 minutes, the score stood at 20-0.
O.B. coaches John Blau and Alex McClusky began to sit their first stringers, but the beat went on. At the half it was 36-8. Jack Wadleigh had the game-high 20 points.
The Oak Bluffs junior varsity team also won in a 20-minute game, 14-10
The W.T. boys had to play O.B. again, Tuesday, in the Blazers gym, with the same predictable results, losing 53-48.
The up-Island jayvees won, 18-14.
The West Tisbury girls lost their Tuesday contest with O.B., 27-14.
At Edgartown, the Tisbury boys carried the day, 48-28. The Tigers led at the half, 24-19. Ken Handy had the game high 17. Mike Araujo and T.J. Van Geren were dominant. Mike sank four from behind the arc, and T.J. grabbed a flock of rebounds.
The Tisbury junior varsity boys also won.
Halisky vs. Delinks
Michael Haliski, head pro at Vineyard Youth Tennis (VYT), and Joe Delinks, a former top 10 player in the U.S. Tennis Assn. New England 16 and under division from Falmouth, will play an exhibition game in the bubble at VYT, Saturday, at 1:00 pm. Perhaps the best tennis player on the Island, Haliski's game features a 130-mph serve.
The public is cordially invited to attend without charge. Call 508-693-7762 with questions.
RCBL's second week
The Lakers and Heat played the early RCBL game at the B&G Club, Monday. It couldn't have been closer. The Heat ran off the first seven points, then the Lakers responded with six of their own. And so it went.
After the end of the first quarter, the Heat held a two-point edge, 17-15. At the half the Lakers were up by six, 42-36.
The Heat rallied to take a 50-48 lead midway in the third, but at the end it was the Lakers by three, 72-69. Five straight foul shots by Damon Mello tied it at 74 with a minute remaining. Brian Scott's bucket gave the lead back to the Lakers. Two Scott foul shots added to the Lakers' lead, 78-74. Sandy Fisher's three-pointer made the final 78-77.
Damon Mello (24), Sandy Fisher (20) and Jason Dyer (18) were high for the Heat. Brian Scott (23), Caleb Nicholson (18) and Heath Estrella (17) led the Lakers. Both Scott and Dyer sank four from long range.
In the second game of the evening, the Celtics defeated the Legends, 99-79. The Celts led after 12 minutes, 20-13 and grew that to 47-36 at the half and 70-50 after three periods. James Holenko (28), Matt Rivers (25), and Travis Baptiste (18) powered the Celts. Dale Rogers had the game-high 29 for the Legends.
The game was not without hope for the Legends. They were able to suit seven players, two more than last week, giving the older legs some chance to rest. Standings: Celtics 2-0, Lakers 1-1, Heat 1-1, Legends 0-2.
Last week we reported that Athletic Director Mike Joyce had announced the rehiring of Peter Ferrini as head coach of boys hockey. That was a goof. We had hockey on the brain. Of course it should have said boys lacrosse.
We also reported that John Stabile was to be Coach Ferrini's "coadjutor," a word unfamiliar to some. It means assistant, the kind of assistant that automatically succeeds to the top post when it is vacated.
We regret the obfuscation.
Mark's the marksman
Mark Plante of West Tisbury was the winner of the primitive muzzleloader division of the Black Powder shoot-out, on Sunday at the M.V. Rod & Gun Club. Steve Jordan of Edgartown was second.
In the modern muzzleloader division, Phil Hughes of Oak Bluffs scored highest, followed by Tim O'Bryan and Nick Bologna.
Holiday hockey day
On Saturday, Dec. 23, there will be a full day of hockey and skating at the M.V. Arena, beginning with an MVRHS Alumnae game at 10:20 am and an Alumni game following at 11:45 am.
$25 donation to play. Call Kurt to sign up: 693-5329. From 1 to 2:20 pm. Free Family Skating. MV Squirts vs. Bourne at 2:30 pm. MV Bantams vs. Bourne at 3:30 pm. MV Boys JV game vs. Bourne 4:40 pm. MV Boys Varsity vs. Bourne pm.
Kids in grades 5 through 9 may sign up, Saturday, at the B&G Club from 9 to 11 am, for the Star Shooters Ultimate Basketball Shooting Camp to be held at the Edgartown School, Jan. 6. Call Amy Maciel with questions: 598-696-6028.