The MVRHS boys tennis team hosted the Blue Knights of Sandwich on a cold and windy day last Thursday. It was "one of the most thrilling, yet bizarre, tennis matches in my career," said veteran coach Ned Fennessy. Vineyarders Daniel Han and Dylan Hutchinson won their first doubles match in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. So did the second M.V. doubles duo, Seth Seeman and Win Grimm, 6-2, 6-3.
The second and third singles matches went to Sandwich. Andrew McHugh bowed, 4-6, 3-6, and Timo Nivala conceded, 4-6, 4-6.
That left the outcome in the hands of senior captain, Tim McHugh, and his Sandwich opponent, Luke Martin. Martin took the first set, 6-3. McHugh returned the favor in the second, 6-2.
With the third set tied at 6-6, a snow squall halted action and soon the courts were too wet to continue play.
The match went into the books as a tie to be broken at Sandwich in the final scheduled match of the season, May 24.
The temperature had not improved at Chatham, Saturday, and if anything, winds were stronger. It didn't seem to faze the Vineyarders as all M.V. singles players won their matches convincingly: Tim McHugh 6-0, 6-3; Andrew McHugh 6-1, 6-1; Timo Nivala 6-0, 6-0.
Daniel Han and Dylan Hutchinson continued the domination at first doubles, 6-3, 6-2. At second doubles, Seth Seeman and Jonah Lipsky lost the longest match of the day: 4-6, 6-3, 4-6.
Monday, at Dennis-Yarmouth, the Islanders singles players all won in straight sets as did Hutchinson and Han at first doubles. Lipsky and Seeman lost at second doubles, 5-7, 1- 6.
Tuesday the Islanders lost to Cape Cod Academy at Osterville, 4-1. Only Timo Nivala at third singles won his match, 6-3, 6-1. Jonah Lipsky and Win Grimm forced their match into three sets before bowing, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6.
The Vineyard's record is 2-2, with one incomplete.
Kelsey and Taylor MacDonald, sisters and both former standout athletes at MVRHS, reuned at Southern New Hampshire Univ., Saturday, when Taylor's Eastern Connecticut team took on Kelsey's Plymouth State (N.H.) squad in lacrosse. At game's end the score was tied, 7-7. In O.T. Kelsey scored her fourth goal for Plymouth but Taylor's Warriors tallied twice to claim the 9-8 win, ending the Panthers Little Eastern Conference 29-game win streak. Taylor scored once and led her team with seven ground balls.
Doug Heil honored
No Vineyard coach has worked harder and with more enthusiasm over the past ten years than sailing coach Doug Heil. An appreciation dinner was held for Doug at the home of Nevin and Stina Sayre at West Chop on Easter Sunday.
Doug told The Times, "the kids were a bit down after their two losses to St. George's and Greenwich H.S., so I encouraged them and reminded them of some of the team's accomplishments."
Under coach Heil there were plenty.
Two dozen members of the MV Figure Skating Club competed in the 29th annual Lower Cape ISI competition at Orleans, March 31-April 1.
Samantha Billings and Annie Yuen were 2nd in couples spotlight and jump and spin.
Alexandra Clark 3rd in artistic one and 2nd in compulsories.
Lindsy Dario was 1st in spotlight 1, 2nd at jump and spin and couples spotlight with Aide Espino, and 3rd in solo compulsory.
Aide Espino was 1st in solo compulsory, 5th in freestyle, 2nd in spotlight 1. and see above.
Ana Flarety was 6th in freestyle 3 and 4th in artistic 3.
Alexandra Mazza placed 4th in freestyle 3, 5th in artistic 3, 1st in solo compulsory 3 and 3rd (with Olivia Ogden) in jump & spin.
Olivia Ogden (see above) was 4th in freestyle 3 and artistic 3, 2nd in solo compulsory.
Hailey Meader took 2nd in spotlight FS2 and in Interpretive FS2, 3rd in artistic 2, 3rd in jump & spin and couples spotlight with Alyssa Whitney and took bronze in family spotlight with Hunter Meader.
Alyssa Whitney (see above) was 1st in spotlight, interpretive, and freestyle FS2, 2nd in artistic 2,
Kealin Nelson was 2nd in artistic 2 and 5th at freestyle 1.
Kendall Robinson was 1st (with Katie Stewart) at jump & spin, 2nd in solo compulsories, 4th in freestyle and artistic 4.
Katie Stewart (see above) was 3rd in freestyle, artistic and interpretive 4.
Maya Segal was 5th and 6th in freestyle 3 and artistic 3.
Elizabeth Smith was 3rd at spotlight FS1.
Annie Yuen (with Samantha Billings) was 2nd at jump & spin as well as couples spotlight.
Darci Whitney was 1st at spotlight 3, 2nd at footwork and interpretive 3, 3rd at artistic FS3 and 4th in freestyle.
Alyssa and Darci Whitney took the silver in family spotlight.
The ensemble of Darci, Alyssa, Elizabeth, Hailey, and Hunter finished 4th.
The M.V. production team earned first place with "Lion King."
Darts at the PA
Eric Pachico, David O'Sullivan, Linda Wood, and Cindy Corner took the money on March 29 with a 10-1 shellacking of Charlene Alley's team.
The next week the pace-setting Dave Bettencourt combo (Steve Maciel and Mike Lipinsky) thrashed Jake Gifford, Jen Foxlee, and Scott Sipe, 10-1.
The Bettencourt bunch leads the league at 105 trailed by Robert O'Sullivan's team with 83. Two teams, Eric Pachico's and Wes Wood's are tied at third with 71.
Softball off and
The MVRHS softball team, scheduled to open with home and home games with Dennis/
Yarmouth, was prevented from playing game one, Thursday, when umpires failed to arrive from the mainland.
At D/Y on Monday, the Islanders eked out a 9-8 win. Brittany Stone homered, Kelly Silvia was 3-for-3, scored twice and had two RBI. Julie Perry hit safely twice, had a stolen base and batted in a run. Speedy Cayla Morris beat out a bunt, reached first three times, and stole two bases. Jazmine Wafer had an RBI and stole third base.
Yesterday the team was at Apponequet.
The junior varsity softball team, now coached by Donald Herman, has beaten D/Y twice, 7-3 and 9-4. Pitcher Caroline Davey was credited with both wins,
Emma Frizzell was a perfect 4-for-4 in game one. Taylor Parrotta, Kia Minor, and Gail Herman all hit safely twice in the same game.
In game two, Leanne Jackson had two hits and Katie Hines homered. Emily Hines and Holly Robinson steadied the defense.
Edison Parzanese was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time after scoring twice and assisting five times to help Holy Cross defeat Lafayette on Saturday, 16-11