John Healy sinks a reverse layup. His 12 straight points sealed the Lakers win in the fourth quarter. Photos by Ralph Stewart
RCBL surprises in week 4
After a holiday's hiatus the RCBL resumed play at the Boys & Girls Club, Monday, with results that upset expectations. The Lakers handed the Celtics their first loss of the season and the Legends posted their first win at the expense of the Heat.
In both games the winning teams came up with some new and talented big men and the losers were absent some key players and had to play all 48 minutes without benefit of subs.
In the first game of the evening the Celtics got off to a good start and led after 12 minutes, 29-21, but then went cold, scoring only ten points in the second quarter to trail the Lakers, 42-39, at the half.
Adam Rebello tries to drive by Brian Scott.
The second half was all Lakers. Huge Luis Cruz took charge of the defensive board, snagging most of his 15 rebounds and John Healy got red hot in the fourth quarter, scoring a dozen points in a six-minute stretch. Five Lakers ended the contest in double figures: Jeff LaBell (20), John Healy (17), Caleb Nicholson (13), Heath Estrella (12), and Brian Scott (11).
Adam Rebello (23), James Holenko (22), and Matt Rivers (20) did most of the damage for the Celts.
In the nightcap, league rookie Franco Mayi, who sharpened his basketball skills at Endicott College in Beverly, led the Legends with 30 points and 20 rebounds. Dale Rogers contributed 23 more.
Sandy Fisher (31) and Jason Dyer (28) produced most for the Heat. Vic Cruz added 11
Marc Rivers and Richie Duarte enforced the rules.
Standings: Celtics 3-1, Lakers 2-2, Heat 2-2, Legends 1-3.
Zoe Fisher gathers a loose puck and breaks across the Sandwich blue line, heading for the net.
The MVRHS girls varsity hockey team has had to handle some character builders of late. With depleted ranks, they lost to Marshfield, 3-0, on New Year's Day, and still short handed, suffered a 7-5 loss at Westwood.
Saturday, Sandwich came to town and looked better than its 2-5 record, topping the Vineyarders,
It took less than three minutes for the Blue Knights to score twice. The Islanders lit up the board with three minutes left in the period on a goal by Alaina Aristide, assisted by Shelby Ives and Kaitlin Kram.
Sandwich scored four more goals in the second period, two off starting goalie Jen Ward and two off her replacement in net, Laura Jernegan.
Cristina Wiley's effort to jam the puck into the net is frustrated by Sandwich goalie Sara O'Brien.
Midway in the period, sophomore Kaitlin Kram scored the Vineyard's second goal, assisted by Aristide and Sarah Sylvia. Soon after, the puck hit goalie Jernegan under the chin and dribbled down into the net. The Blue Knights took twice as many shots on goal, 34, as did the Vineyard, 17.
The Islanders are 1-1-5 on the season. They were home to Falmouth yesterday and entertain Canton on Saturday.
The annual Nan Rheault tournament will be January 20-21 with Newton North V & JV, Hingham V & JV, Nauset V and Needham JV.
Wareham's goalie, a girl, stopped a bushel of Vineyard shots on goal, including this one by Scott Cleary.
Boys hockey adds a win and a draw
The boys varsity hockey team skated through, around, and over Wareham at the Arena, Saturday, and ran away with a 7-1 win. It might have been more. In the first two periods the Islanders took 35 shots on goal to the Vikings three.
Scott Cleary, assisted by Joel Rebello, lit the scoreboard three minutes into the game. Rebello followed unassisted a minute and a half before the period ended.
In the second period the Islanders peppered Viking goalie Christina England with 23 shots on goal. She stopped all but three. Darren Gazaille was sent in alone by Zach Sylvia at 1:33. Rebello scored a shorthander unassisted at 9:08, then collected his hat trick with help from Davey Campbell and Truman French three minutes later.
The Vineyard would score three more times in the third period and lose its shutout. Henry Smith scored his first goal of the season at 4:29, assisted by Elliot Bilzerian. Warren West was aided and abetted by Rebello at 9:23 and Chris Davies scored his first to close out the scoring, assisted by Trey Rasmussen.
Mike Capen tended net for the Vineyard.
Last Wednesday the Islanders tied Old Rochester, 3-3, at Mattapoisett. Stephen Greenberg opened the bidding with a goal at 11:26, assisted by Darren Gazaille and Tad Gold. The Bulldogs responded with two quick goals before the period ended.
M.V. took back the lead with two second period goals, by Greenberg and Gold. Each assisted as did Gazaille and Zach Sylvia.
The Bulldogs' evener came early in the third period, at 3:11. Stats of shots-on-goal were a good measure of the competitive nature of the game. Old Rochester took 20 SOG, M.V. had 18. Alex Minnehan was the Vineyard goalie.
They skated at Greater New Bedford yesterday and visit Bourne, Saturday. Dennis-Yarmouth is here on Monday
Jayvees win twice
The junior varsity boys edged Old Rochester here, Monday, 1-0, and trounced Nauset there, Sunday, 4-1.
Nantucket visits Friday and M.V. is at Bourne, Saturday. The D-Y game is Monday at 3:30 pm.
The Boys Hockey Boosters Club's dinner and auction will be held at the Harbor View on Friday, Jan. 19, starting with a reception and silent auction from 5 to 6:30 pm. Dinner and a live auction run from 6:30 to 10 pm. For tickets and more information, call Brooks Billingham at 508-696-0178.
Some of the Vineyard bridge players at the Keohane Regional Duplicate Bridge Tournament. Front row, left to right: Ency Fokos, Barbara Besse, Nancy Cabot, Simeon Denhart. Rear left to right: Robert Fokos, Hugh Knipmeyer, Art Flathers, Dan Cabot, Deidre Ling, Ed Russell, Anita Persson. Photo courtesy of Dan Cabot
The bridge to Newton
Nineteen duplicate bridge players from Martha's Vineyard bridge clubs converged on Newton last weekend for the Keohane Regional Tournament held at the Marriott hotel. Fifteen Vineyarders acquitted themselves well enough to earn master points, and 11 were among the top half of point-winners for the weekend.
Top Vineyard winner was Barbara McLagen of Edgartown, whose team finished second in bracket 2 of flight B, winning three of four matches but losing in the finals on Saturday evening. On Sunday, Ms. McLagen paired with Jim Kaplan of Oak Bluffs to finish 6th overall in flight C in the morning session, and 1st overall in flight B in the afternoon.
Claus Buchthal of Chilmark, aged 93, was second among Vineyard players. He paired with Vermonter Elizabeth vonRiesenfelder to place sixth overall (in flight C) in a Friday afternoon pairs event, and then teamed with Ms. vonRiesenfelder and Dan and Nancy Cabot to win two matches and reach the semifinals of bracket 3 of the flight B knockouts.
Arthur Flathers, Barbara Besse, Bill Blakesley, and Hugh Knipmeyer all earned points in pairs events.
Several newer Vineyard players won points in the Intermediate /Novice pairs held throughout the weekend: Deirdre Ling, Ed Russell, Stig and Anita Persson, and Robert and Ency Fokos.