MVYS spring season
The Martha's Vineyard Youth Soccer travel teams season kicks off this weekend with eight games, four on Saturday, four on Sunday.
Saturday, the under-14 girls play at Swansea-Somerset at noon; the U-11 boys 1 play Norton at Veterans Park, Tisbury, at 1:30; the U-12 boys 1 play Norton here at 12:15 and the U-11 boys take on Barnstable at Cape Cod Community College at 2:30 pm.
Sunday, the U-11 boys 2 are at Bourne, the U-11 boys 1 play Sandwich here at 2 pm; the U-18 boys are at Oceana (Orleans) and the U-16 girls are at New Bedford at 1 pm.
All MVYS trvel teams will play four home games and four games on the road.
The recreational league season will open the third week of April. Register at the high school Sunday, April 7, from 9 am to noon. There will be eight teams in three leagues: under-10, under-12, and under-14, bearing national names: Argentina, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and USA.
Congratulations to the under-14 boys indoor soccer team for winning the Sea Coast League championship.
Volleying for position
The West Tisbury Hawks threw a scare into the Tisbury Tigers, Thursday. After losing the first two games to the undefeated Tigers, the Hawks won game three, 25-19, and four, 25-17, forcing the contest into an abbreviated fifth game.
Tisbury Coach Kevin Nichols fielded his best six players and they came through for him.
West Tisbury won the serve but the server drove the ball into the net. With Rafael Maciel serving, Tisbury ran off 10 points. They held their up-Island cousins to a single point before handing the ball to Lauren McLane who served up three more before ceding the ball to the Hawks and giving up one more point. T.J. Van Gerven applied the coup-de-grace. Tisbury 15, West Tisbury 2.
The West Tisbury jayvees won their duel, 2-1.
At Edgartown, the Eagles doused the Blazers winning three games in a row. In the second game, with Jake Martin at the line, Edgartown ran off 22 straight points.
The Edgartown jayvees also dominated, winning all three games played.
Tuesday, Tisbury won again, beating Edgartown for the second time by winning game one, 25-8, and game two, 25-4. The Eagles took the third game, 25-19, but Tisbury finished the meet in game four, 25-11. The Tigers were especially potent with Will Nevin and Lauren McLane serving.
At Oak Bluffs, the WesTiz Hawks flew off with the all the swag, defeating the Blazer varsity 25-13, 25-23, 25-13 and the jayvees 25-23, 25-18.
Standings: Tisbury 5-0, Edgartown 3-2, West Tisbury 2-3, Oak Bluffs 0-5.
Final pre-playoff games are played today: O.B. at Tisbury, Edgartown at West Tisbury.
Tisbury fire chief John Schilling and attorney Jim Reynolds have registered yet again for the Pan Massachusetts Challenge, bicycling 192 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown, August 4-5, in support of the Jimmy Fund at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. West Tisbury's Marlene DiStefano will also make the ride - her first.
The 7th and 8th grade girls travel basketball team played four games, Saturday, at the Bourne Invitational, losing to Taunton, 37-26; then beating Pittsfield, 39-21; Great Barrington, 31-21; and Bourne, 32-15. Jillian Sedlier led the scoring while Tara Morris and Mollie Ciciora were strong on the boards.
The following day the tired Islanders lost to Plymouth, 26-20.
Earlier in the month the Vineyarders lost games to Falmouth, Hudson, and Wareham and bested Somerset at the Falmouth tourney,
On St. Patrick's Day, on their own turf, the girls beat Sandwich in two barnburners, 36-34 and 37-35.
Coach Amy Maciel was pleased with the team's improvement.
The girls and their coach are grateful to the Boys & Girls Club and to their generous sponsor, Peter Pertile.
All Contact karate
Team All Contact, the Vineyard's competitive karate team, will enter at least 10 tournaments this year throughout New England, with understandable confidence that the team will add to its already impressive collection of trophies won by Cord Bailey, Ian Brew, Stanley Dutton, Cal Fiore, Daniel Gaines, Michaella Gaines, Madison Hughes, Taylor Kuehne, Grace Oslyn, Evan Sosa, Abby Willoughby, and Jessica Willoughby.
The team will host a demonstration, slide show, and Italian dinner, Saturday, May 26, at the Oak Bluffs school to raise funds to help meet travel expenses.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Triangle Fitness and from any of the above-mentioned practitioners.
To learn more, call 508-627-4361.
Jenev earns plaudits
Proud father John Schilling brought word that his daughter, Jenev, now a senior at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., has been named to the President's List for maintaining at least a 3.75 grade point average, displaying "positive conduct on and off campus," while participating in athletics. Jenev has earned letters and other honors in lacrosse and field hockey. She was named an Empire 8 League lacrosse all-star.
MVRHS sailors open with a win
Sandwich hove into the Lagoon Tuesday to challenge the MVRHS sailing team. After four hard-fought races in shifty 5- to 10-knot winds, the Islanders claimed victory.
Starting skippers were Chris Edwards. Tristan Lodge, and Conor Lodge. Varsity crews were Amanda Brown, Emily Reich, and Chesley Wiseman.
Coach Burr was especially pleased with "a beautiful trap by Tristan at the leeward offset mark. The race up to this point was very close until Tristan sprung Chris into a 1-2 combination," to win the final race of the series.
Tossing at the PA
Ray Blanchette, Jeff Wray and Cosmo Creanga won a playoff with Dave Bettencourt, Michael Lipinsky, and Steve Maciel, March 15, after each had won their first duels, 8-3. Eric Pachico had a 100 3-dart-out and James Rowell tossed a ton 80.
The following week, the Bettencourt, Lipinsky, Steve Maciel combo took home the money after beating Mike Dow, Joe Andrade, John Androitis, and Charlene Barbosa in a play-off. Both teams had won first rounds. Charlene hit a 130 3-dart-out, and Robert O'Sullivan had a 113 3-dart-out.
The Ray Bettencourt team leads the league with 89 points, followed by the Robert O'Sullivan clan at 68. The Eric Pachico and Wes Wood teams are tied at 57.
Boys lacrosse opener
The MVRHS boys lacrosse team opens their season here Saturday versus Mashpee at 11 am.
VYT Racqueteers win
Connor Downing won the boys 10 and under division tournament in a USTA-sanctioned tournament at Nashua, N.H., last weekend. Connor had to win three rounds to claim the championship. Kent Leonard came in second in the 12 and under division and was half of the winning 12 and under doubles team.
Last month, VTS player Patrick McCarthy won the 10 and under tourneys.