The Vineyard cross-country teams won the Mayflower League titles on the Sacred Heart course in Kingston, Monday. It was the M.V. boys' seventh straight league championship and two in a row for the M.V. girls.
Evan Kendall led the M.V. boys, finishing third over all in 18:32. Lucas Emin was two seconds behind in fourth place. Max Conley was fifth in 18:39, and Forrest Harcourt was ninth. Robbie Osmers came in 14th for a team count of 35.
Diman placed second.
Five M.V. girls finished in the top ten for a winning score of 24. Emily Carter was second in 21:57, Kim Carlomagno fourth at 22:29, Hilary and Megan Dreyer finished together, fifth in 22:30. Sarah Flanders was seventh at 22:35.
The Sacred Heart girls were runners up.
Islanders lose at
It was a game of inconvenient penalties. Both sides had long touchdown plays canceled by the officials. Both sides also gave up the ball by fumbling, sometimes at the most untimely moments, within spitting distance of the end zone. One late penalty called off a 70-yard scoring runback by Michael O'Donoghue because of a Cape Tech error!
The Crusaders scored first, capping a long, time-consuming drive but failed to add extra points.
The Vineyard answered with a Mike McCarthy touchdown pass to Nick Viera, following a long run by Matt Lucier. Zach Coutinho kicked the extra point and M.V. led, 7-6.
The lead grew to 13-6 when quarterback McCarthy found Michael O'Donaghue in the end zone at the end of an 11-play, 81-yard drive. Coutinho added the extra point.
But the Crusaders had an impressive collection of weapons in their bag and they used them to good effect, scoring twice more to take a 20-14 lead.
The game featured a rare intentional safety handing the Vineyard two points but removing precious seconds from the game-ending clock. It ended with the ball in Cape Tech's possession following a pass interception.
A loss to Cape Tech, as disappointing as it certainly was, is no shame. The Crusaders fielded a well-coached, strong team with a rifle-armed quarterback and a pair of punishing runners. They play Blue Hills Saturday at Mass Maritime and one should not be surprised if they win.
Final score: Cape Tech 20, Vineyard 16.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, the MVYH Squirts played to a 3-3 tie with the Barnstable Hurricanes at the MV Arena. Brahmin Thurber-Carbone had a breakaway goal. Jack Slayton was assisted by Greg McCarron, and McCarrron was assisted by Josh Forend and Thurber-Carbone.
The M.V. Bantams defeated Westwood at the Foxboro Sports Center, Saturday, 7-2. Tyler Araujo collected four goals. Also scoring: Dakota Delviento, Thomas Wilkins, and Charles Goldthwait.
The next day, the Bantams lost to Tri-County at the M.V. Arena, 4-2. Brian Hurley and Kyle Francis did the scoring. Assists were credited to Tony DeBettencourt, Daniel Serusa, Nelson Dickson, and Thomas Wilkins.
The M.V. PeeWees crushed Tri-County at Foxboro, Sunday, 9-2. Shay Hill had a hat trick and an assist. Tyler Araujo scored twice and assisted once. Both Max Davies and Harrison Rodrigues contributed a goal and an assist. Goals by Callie Jackson and Jake Hart completed the count.
Coach Greg Carroll lauded Ben Bilzerian, Matt Davies, Andrew Carroll, and Joey Uva for "great defensive teamwork," and Zoli Clark for "outstanding goal-tending."
In a Squirts game at Tony Kent Arena, Saturday, the M.V. Islanders bowed to Yarmouth-Dennis, 8-4. Jack Slayton scored on a breakaway. Alex Figueroa, Josh Forend, and Tristan Araujo also posted goals. Forend and Araujo had assists.
Sunday, the Squirts lost to the Barnstable Hurricanes, 5-1.
In the first House Mite game of the season, Friday, the M.V. Blacks and M.V. Whites tied, 2-2. Cabot Thurber scored both Black goals. Sean Hegarty had both of White's.
Coach Travis Thurber observed "good all-around game play for many who were having their very first game ever. Great goal-tending by seasoned Mite goalie Zachary Fullin and first-time goaltender Cathal Robinson."
The House Mites play games every Friday at the Arena, from 5 to 6 pm. Late registration for the House Mites and Instructional/Learn to Skate programs are available. Call Gina DeBettencourt for more information, 508-696-7562.
The M.V. Junior High team pulled out a victory over Barnstable, Tuesday, 20-16.
The Islanders posted two points with a safety to open the scoring. Later, David Andrews ran into the end zone from 20 yards to make it 8-0. An Alex Tattersall to Denver Maciel pass added six more points. But Barnstable rallied late in the game to take a 16-14 lead.
With seconds remaining, Delmar Araujo stripped the Raider quarterback, making possible a Tattersall to Zion Morris TD pass for the win.
The junior highs are 2-2 on the season and play at Mattacheese on Tuesday.
Soccer vs. ORR
The M.V. boys varsity soccer team tied Old Rochester Regional here, Monday, 3-3. Nico Cuba (2) and Leandro Trindade did the scoring. Coach Hammond's headers have won nine, tied five, and lost one.
The varsity girls lost to the Bulldogs at Mattapoisett, 0-2.
Tony qualifies in
Despite Tony Grillo's medalist round of one-under-par 70 at the Division 2 South Cape and Islands qualifier tournament at Easton Country Club, the MVRHS golf team finished sixth behind Nauset and Duxbury, which tied for first, (3) Bourne, (4) Sandwich and (5) D/Y.
Birdies for baseball
The third annual Birdies for Baseball golf tournament, a benefit for the completion of the new baseball field at the high school, tees off with a shotgun start at Mink Meadows, Saturday at 8:30 am.
Doug Reece says there is still room for a couple more players. Call him to donate or offer a sponsorship: 696-3704. To register - $85 per player, continental breakfast and lunch included - call Mink Meadows, 693-0600.
In Girls Youth Soccer School League games on the West Tisbury school grounds, Edgartown ran away from the Up-Island team, 7-1. And the Oak Bluffs/Tisbury squad shut out the Charter School team, 5-0.