Lakers douse Heat, Bulls gore Celts
Monday, in the second week of RCBL basketball action at the Boys & Girls Club, the Lakers sprinted to a 48-36 half-time lead, then cruised to a 91-82 final. After three quarters the Lakers enjoyed a 68-54 advantage.
Already the league's tallest team, the Lakers added yet another rebounder to their lineup as Steve Araujo joined the team.
But for the second week it was not one of the Lakers' big men who led their scoring, it was Jeff LaBell with 33 points. Heath Estrella (14), Karl Kallinich (14), and John Healy (11) reached double digits and Julius Middleton added nine more. Middleton (19), Estrella (17) Kallinich (11) and Araujo (10) swept the boards. Twelve of LaBell's points arrived by long distance.
Damon Mello paced the Heat attack with 25 points. Also in two columns: Sandy Fisher (14), Teejay Rodriguez (14), Jason Dyer (13), and Tim Scott (10).
In Monday's second game, the Bulls outscored the Celtics, 119-98. Five Bulls shared the load. Ryan Murtha led the charge with 24 including 4 for 4 from the charity stripe. Clark Agnew had 17 and was 5 for 6 at the foul line. Kris Lukowitz tossed in 16. Both Sam Berlow and Mike Joyce contributed 15, both with two treys. Murtha and Agnew were co-charimen of the board, each with 14 rebounds.
Brian Scott (20) and Aaron Watkins (18) led the Celts. Scott Dyer (15), Monte Bizzarro (15), and Matt Rivers (12) registered in two columns.
The Celtics outscored the Bulls in the fourth quarter, 32-20, but by then the horse had left the barn.
The RCBL is quiet Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The next league games are Bulls vs. Heat early and Celtics vs. Lakers late on Monday, Jan. 7.
Saturday, the Martha's Vineyard Youth Basketball girls junior high travel team defeated Taunton at Taunton, 27-15, then lost to Dartmouth at Dartmouth, 41-18.
Vineyard high scorer at Taunton was Jenny Lindland with an even dozen points. Hanna Persson added six, Kendall Robinson five, and Jessie Chandler four. Jenny and Catherine Todd led the team in rebounds.
At Dartmouth, the Vineyarders were inexplicably careless handling the ball. They turned it over more than 50 times. They were also unusually impotent at the foul line dropping just three of 12 chances.
This Saturday the Island girls (4-2) will return to Taunton, and then visit Lakeville.
CC Times lauds local stars
The Cape Cod Times printed a fall sports retrospective in its Tuesday, Dec. 18, edition, recalling memorable efforts by Cape & Island teams and individuals.
Five - count 'em five - Vineyard girls cross-country runners were all-star picks by the CCT - Emily Carter, Hilary Dreyer, Megan Dreyer, Sarah Jean Flanders, and Kim Carlomagno. After losing to the Sacred Heart girls in a dual meet, the Islanders beat the Saints at the Mayflower League meet on Sacred Heart's own course. Martha's Vineyard filled five of the top seven slots, led by Hilary Dreyer.
Four of the ten Cape Cod Times Mayflower League Division One boys cross-country all-star picks are Vineyarders: Lucas Emin, Evan Kendall, Max Conley, and Forrest Harcourt.
The Martha's Vineyard boys cross-country team earned its seventh straight league title. Kendall, Emin, and Conley finished 3-4-5 in the Mayflower League meet. Harcourt was ninth.
The Times heaped well-earned encomiums on Tony Grillo, calling him "arguably the state's finest (high school) golfer" and "probably the top individual golfer on the Cape."
Despite its winning (9-2) record, the Vineyard's football season went down as a disappointment because the team failed to qualify for a super bowl playoff berth as expected. Four players were listed as all-stars: Andrew Larsen, Matt Lucier, Jeff Osborn, and Josh Paulson.
The Vineyard boys soccer team was credited with posting "a fine 9-3-6 record and beat Dighton-Rehoboth in the Division 2 South Sectionals before falling to top-seeded Medfield." Nico Cuba's dual efforts as goalie and occasional winning scorer made the list as one of the "five memorable moments from the 2007 boys soccer season."
The Times quoted girls soccer coach Russ MacDonald's appreciation of seniors Gaby Sullo and Nica Sylvia: They "just stepped up to another level of their game." The team was 6-10-2 on the season.
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School field hockey team received scant notice for its 5-8-5 season record. Phebe Bates and June Alexander were mentioned as team leaders.
This Saturday, Dec. 22, the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys junior varsity team plays Bourne's jayvees at 3:40 pm, followed at 4:50 by a select alumni game, Martha's Vineyard versus Bourne.
At 6 pm, the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys varsity plays the Bourne varsity.
On Sunday, Dec. 23, the Arena will be the site of alumnae and the Ryan Mone Memorial alumni games. Martha's Vineyard Regional High School female graduates will strap on their skates for a 12:45 pm game. The MVRHS male grads game begins at 2 pm.
Admission fees will benefit the Arena.
The annual Martha's Vineyard Regional High School alumnae basketball game tips off Sunday, Dec. 23, at 5:30 pm in the Sancy Pachico gym, followed immediately at 7 pm by the annual alumni game.
VYT to hold doubles tourney
An Adult Round Robin (tennis) Extravaganza will be held at the Vineyard Youth Tennis (VYT) Center, Friday to Sunday, Feb. 8-10. The tourney is sponsored by Morton Financial LTD as a fundraiser for the VYT scholarship program to send selected children to the Nick Bollettierri Tennis Academy at Bradenton, Florida.
Competition in Pro, A, B, C, and Novice divisions will be featured in a men's and women's doubles format.
A welcome cocktail party will be served Friday, Feb. 8, followed by a singles exhibition. On Sunday, Fischer tennis racquets will offer participants prizes including an autographed Fischer racquet.
Entry fee is $100 per doubles team.
Entry forms are available at VYT and can be downloaded at www.vineyardyouthtenns,org.
Freshman boys win opener
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School freshmen boys basketball team opened its season with a 59-32 win over Upper Cape Tech in Bourne on Monday. Ben Ciciora (14 points, 8 rebounds), Michael Araujo (12 points), Andrew Lin (10), and Randall Jette (10) keyed the Vineyard attack.
Cory Perotta complemented his three assists with tenacious defense and four steals. Chris Costello added four blocks.