Youth Hockey communiqué
The MV Youth Hockey Squirts lost their contest with the Tri-County A's, Sunday, 7-2. Scoring was by Dorian Johnson, "who roofed one just inside the crossbar," and Andrew Wiley, climaxing an ice-long dash. Barry MacDonald, Mason Jeffers, and Austin Morley were strong on defense. Coach Vukota commended goalie Wyatt Jenkinson and said all the Squirts "worked hard making it a competitive game."
Saturday, the Cape & Islands PeeWees topped the Y-D Dolphins at the Tony Kent Arena, 4-3. Kyle Stobie scored twice. Marco Petricone also scored. Aemon MacKenzie's defensive work was hailed, as was that of first-time goaltender Caleb Hallett, who had 15 saves. According to coach Bart Kent, this was the team's best game of the season so far.
These same PeeWees played Nantucket twice on Sunday at the MV Arena. The Whalers shut out the Vineyarders, 2-0 and 7-0.
Dylan Lyonnaise and Sydney Davies played outstanding defense in the losing cause.
At Foxboro, Sunday, in a Neponset Valley League game, the NVL PeeWees trounced North Attleboro, 9-0.
Also Sunday, the Lady Vineyarders lost to the Falmouth U12s, 8-1.
Axels at the Alexio
Seven young skaters, 10 to 13 years old, all members of the Martha's Vineyard Figure Skating Club. competed in the Autumn Open at the Alexio Arena in Taunton, Saturday, and returned to the Island bedecked with precious metals.
Lindsy Dario silvered in Basic and Showcase, and won bronze in the Basic 8 Program.
Alexandra Clark took gold in Basic 8 Showcase and was 5th in Basic 8 Program.
Alexandra Mazza won silver in FreeSkate 2 Showcase and bronze in FreeSkate 2 Program.
Kaelin Nelson silvered in FreeSkate 2 Program
Olivia Ogden was 7th in Pre-Preliminary Freestyle.
Anna Flaherty as 9th in Pre-Preliminary Freestyle.
Olivia and Anna tied for 7th in Pre-Preliminary Showcase.
Kendall Robinson was 4th in Pre-Preliminary Showcase and 10th in Pre-Preliminary Freestyle.
The skaters are coached by Jane Elizabeth Taylor and Beth Blankenship O'Connor.
The MVRHS cross-country teams performed admirably against strong squads at the Eastern Division Championships at Franklin Park in Boston, Saturday. Competing in Division 3, the Island girls finished 14th of 33 teams. The Martha's Vineyard boys were 16th of 35 boys teams. Bishop Feehan of Fall River, a school that holds all the course records at MVRHS, won both the boys and girls races.
Individual girls efforts, place and time, were: Hilary Dreyer, 47th, 21:00; Megan Dreyer, 61st, 21:17; Emily Carter, 63rd, 21:18; Kim Carlomagno, 91st, 21:53; Sarah Flanders, 124th, 22:45; Ellie Hehre, 131st, 22:55; and Liz Reed, 172nd, 23:04. Emily is the team's only senior. Megan is a freshman. All others are juniors.
Individual boys places and times: Evan Kendall, 84th, 18:29; Lucas Emin, 96th, 18:39; Max Conley, 104th, 18:45; Willie Nevin, 108th, 18:47; Forrest Harcourt, 110th,
18:49; Alan Wiley, 150th, 19:21; and Robbie Osmers, 193rd, 20:05. Evan, Lucas, and Alan are seniors. Willie is a freshman, Max and Forrest are sophomores, and Robbie is a junior.
Achieving their personal best time for a 5K were: Megan, Emily, Kim and Willie.
The balance of football talent in the Mayflower Large League was on display, Friday, at Taunton, as the Vineyarders took on Bristol-Plymouth, a team the Islanders have consistently beaten in the past and which came into the contest with a 5-3 record, 0-3 in the Mayflower League.
But if anyone was expecting a walk in the park they were disillusioned.
The Craftsmen played an unimaginative but disciplined ground game. The Vineyard, on the other hand, offered a mixed bag of rushes and passes and options.
On the very first play of the game, Cody Brewer, filling a spot usually occupied by an injured Eric Dolliver, ran 49 yards to the B-P 20. Given the ball again, Brewer ran for a first down inside the ten. The Islanders then turned the ball over when a handoff was fumbled and B-P recovered.
The Craftsmen moved the ball to midfield where an elbowing penalty put them back 15 yards, effectively ending their drive.
Stubborn defenses, fumbles and intercepted passes, ill-timed penalties, and a chewed up, muddy field combined to keep both teams from scoring until late in the fourth quarter when Zach Coutinho kicked a 23-yard field goal, the only score of the game.
The game ended with the ball in Vineyard possession on the BP one-yard line.
It was the fifth time the Vineyard defense had shut out the opposition.
The game was halted for 20 minutes in the first quarter when Matt Lucier was injured. It took that much time for an ambulance to show up. Matt suffered a dislocated hip. Josh Paulson, who has consistently led the Martha's Vineyard ground game, rushed for 112 yards.
Beginning the second half, Zach Coutinho kicked off, ran down the field, tackled the BP ball carrier, causing a fumble and then covered the loose ball. If that's not tantamount to an unassisted triple play, what is!
Over the years there have been stories about Nantucket's colorful football coach Vito Capizzo's recruiting methods and his efforts, successful until recently, to keep other sports from competing for the available athletic talent. It was said that if he came across a soccer ball he would puncture it.
But time brings change. Now there is a soccer program at Nantucket high and a very handsome ice arena.
Whatever the reason, the Whalers are short of football players. They will be unable to field a junior varsity football team Saturday.
Dave at Lake Placid
Dave Maddox, the squire of Daggett Avenue Extension in Tisbury, was pleased to be invited by the directors of the United States Luge Association to be Technischer Delegieter de FIL (Technical Delegate of the Federation Internationale de Luge) for the 1st Viessmann Luge World Cup and the 1st Suzuki Team Relay at Lake Placid, N.Y., this week, November 12-17.
Dave's duties include walking the length of the steep and curving 4,318-feet track searching for imperfections.
The word luge comes from the French for sled.
The fastest sport on ice, with speeds reaching 90 mph, luge has been an Olympic sport since the 1964 games at Innsbruck, Austria.
There are two full-length, certified, Olympic-style luge tracks in the U.S. - at Park City, Utah and Lake Placid. A typical luge run has a vertical drop of 300 feet, some 30 stories.
U.S. Luge has earned almost 500 medals in senior and junior international competition since 1994 and made team history by sweeping all three medals in the 1996 World Cup doubles event in Lillehammer, Norway.
The annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot fun run will be run at Oak Bluffs, Thursday, Nov. 22, beginning at the Police Station, aka the old town hall, at 8:30 am. The Police Station is also the place to register. Registration fee is $10, benefit of the Fuel Assistance program of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging.
The course will take the runners up Circuit Ave., to Wing Road to County Road to Vineyard Ave., past the P.A., to Dukes County then to New York Ave. which becomes Lake Ave. and so back to the old town hall, "A 5K more or less," according to impresario Roger Wey.
Last year 56 runners braved cold, wet, and windy conditions.
Winner was Peter Birmey, 21, of Santa Monica, Calif., in 17:43.
5K for K.J.
On Saturday, Nov. 24, the Kevin Johnson Memorial 5K will be run on the MVRHS cross-country course through the State Forest, beginning at 11 am. Sponsor of the event is the MVRHS Boys & Girls Cross Country Boosters Club. Entry fee is $20 or $60 per family of no more than four to benefit the Kevin Johnson memorial scholarship
First of the 208 runners to finish last year was Matthew Lobdell, 21, of Kenyon College, captain of the '02 MVRHS cross-country team, in 19 minutes flat.
The schedule of MVRHS basketball games begins Tuesday, Dec. 12, with six teams playing Sandwich.
The Girls freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity teams are at Sandwich. The boys frosh, jayvees, and varsity are home to the Blue Knights.
Time for volleyball
The interscholastic volleyball season got underway last week with Edgartown showing its muscle and sweeping Tisbury, 3-0. Tisbury won the two junior varsity games.