The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys freshmen basketball team won its second game in a many starts, defeating the Wareham frosh at the Sancy Pachico gym, Friday, 54-40.
Coach Sam Berlow was pleased with his young men's performance. "They played well, moved the ball well."
Especially noteworthy was high-scorer Ben Ciciora who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Jack Wadleigh and T.J. Vangerven each scored an even dozen. Wadleigh added five blocks. Randall Jette had 11 points and five assists.
The Vineyarders broke on top with hoops by Ciciora and Wadleigh and led at the quarter pole, 11-9. They inched further ahead to hold a four point edge at the half, 25-21.
They began the second half with eight unanswered points and led by 10 after three quarters, 39-29. Early in the fourth period the Vikings went cold and Martha's Vineyard jumped to a 52-33 lead. Then Wareham warmed to the task and Martha's Vineyard cooled as Coach Berlow cleared his bench, but time ran out with the home-town squad still comfortably up, 54-40,
The Island freshmen's next assignment is at Sandwich tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 28.
Point guard Lamar Moreis's ball-handling talent, his ability to drive past, around, and through opposition players and come up with loose balls under the basket and lead his team's scoring with 15 points, were, to say the least, impressive.
Wareham led by three after the first eight minutes, 13-10. But the Vineyarders caught and passed their guests and held a 31-29 edge at the half. They grew that to a 52-43 lead at the three quarter mark, and coasted to a final winning count of 67-58.
Wareham's varsity scored the game's first four points and the Vikings managed to hold a slim lead throughout the first period ending up ahead by two, 14-12.
The Islanders reversed the course of events in the second eight minutes and at the half held a narrow edge, 27-25.
To lead at the half took some doing as the Vikings consistently out rebounded the Vineyarders and took second, third, even fourth shots at the hoop.
The purple and white came out smoking in the second half and outscored the Vikes, 15 to nine claiming a 42-34 lead.
In quick succession Wareham came within two of tying the score at 47, but Martha's Vineyard righted itself; Mark Reppert and Nick Viera found the range and M.V. held on to win 51-47.
Bubba Brown (13), Reppert (12) and Viera (11) produced most of the purple points.
Girls win on the road
Molly Fischer's 16 points, including nine from long distance, paced the Vineyard attack in a 48-37 girls varsity win at Wareham.
After a relatively quiet first half, Martha's Vineyard was up by ten, 18-8, and with minor variations on the theme nursed that advantage till the end.
Maddy Penicaud contributed eight and both Kia Minor and Katie Hines had six.
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys varsity ice hockey team played Franklin, the second-ranked Mass. Division II team, to a standstill at Franklin, Wednesday.
The Panthers scored first with the game 4:40 minutes old. The Islanders answered when Colin Hurd beat goalie Jeff Kaplan with less than a minute remaining in the period, assisted by Joel Rebello and Jason Schwab. The second and third periods belonged to the defense and the goalies. The Islanders had chances but could not exploit four power plays.
Alex Minnehan was the Vineyard goalkeeper.
Saturday, the Vineyarders took on Bourne in three hockey contests and won all of them.
First it was the Martha's Vineyard junior varsity winning 4-0. Brooks Billingham scored first and Curtis Maciel followed. Then Dakota Delviento scored, assisted by Oliver Osnoss and Daron Stobie. Cody Pachico iced the cake with goal number four, also assisted by Osnoss and Stobie.
Young Alumni win
The second game was an exercise in reminiscence as chosen alumni of the two schools renewed acquaintances in two 25-minute periods.
The Vineyard team was markedly younger than the Bourne squad and the difference showed in the second period when the younger legs of the Islanders outscored their elders, 7-0.
Joe Merry started the scoring ten minutes into the game assisted by Steve McCormack. Kraig Mundt made it 2-zip with help from Ben Gunn.
John Hickey posted Bourne's first point 17 minutes into the game. His second goal tied the contest with three minutes left until Max Sherman untied it with help from McCormack. But less than a minute later Bourne evened the count again. It was 3-3 at the half.
The second period was all Vineyard. Stephen Greenberg, the youngest grad on the ice lit the lamp with help from Brandon Willett and Derek Avakian.
Then in order came goals by Joe Merry, Kraig Mundt, Ryan Mundt, Steve McCormack, Ryan Mundt again and Dan Bettencourt. Assists were credited to Snowden (2), McCormack (2), R. Mundt (2), D. Bettencourt, T. Bettencourt (2), J. Merry, and K. Mundt.
The first period of the varsity game was scoreless.
Five minutes into the second period, Tad Gold scored off a neat pass from Joel Rebello . Mitch Pachico also assisted. Six minutes later, Gold scored again, this time assisted by Matt Flynn and Nick Billingham.
The final goal of the game was scored in an empty net, also by Gold. The unassisted goal gave him a hat trick.
Goalkeeper Alex Minnehan applied the whitewash.
The Vineyarders have two wins and two ties to their credit. They have yet to taste defeat.
A league of her own
The Purple versus White alumnae ice hockey game at the Area, Sunday, turned out to be the Liane Dixon show. There were eight goals scored during the 45-minute game and Liane was involved in all of them. She scored six goals for the Whites assisted by Tasha Snowden, Nell Coogan, and Alexandra Loud, and then changed her jersey and scored one for the Purple and assisted Lindsey Smith for the other Purple goal.
Jen Ward was in goal for the Purple. Jamie Forend tended the White net.
The Whites won the game 6-2.
Girls at the Hornets' nest
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School varsity girls hockey team tied Marshfield, Saturday, 2-2, at Marshfield. The Hornets stung first, but Christina Wiley's goal leveled the count before the first period ended. Marshfield regained the lead early in the second period, but again Christina answered for the Islanders, assisted this time by Gillian O'Callahan.
There was no scoring in the third period.
Laura Jernegan was in goal.
The Island girls had a slight edge in shots on goal, 24-20.
Duxbury visits today, Thursday, at 2 pm.
The Ryan Mone Memorial
Twenty-one of the 29 Martha's Vineyard Regional High School grads who registered showed up for the ninth annual Ryan Mone Memorial Alumni Game at the Arena, Sunday, which ended, after 50 minutes of rapid fire hockey, in a 7-7 tie.
The Whites grew a 7-4 lead and looked like a shoo-in, but the Purples scored three unanswered goals in the abbreviated second period, evening the count.
The White team: Dan Merry, Stephen Greenberg, Kevin Hatt, Mike Jackson, Steve Coito, Jeff Maida, Brandon Willett, Jon Mone, Gary BenDavid, Erik Vanlandingham, and Dan VanLandingham.
The Purple team: Jared Stobie, Finn Briggs, Rob Searle, Geoghan Coogan, Sam Hurd, Logan Russell, Steve McCormack, Packy Coogan, and Chuck Sylvia.
After the teams played to a 7-7 tie, a shootout was ordered to decide a winner.
First up were Geoghan Coogan for the Purple and Kevin Hatt for the White. Both were turned away by goalies Dan VanLandingham and Chuck Sylvia.
First to score was Finn Briggs putting the Purple on the board. Jon Mone's attempt to answer for the Whites was blocked by Sylvia.
Neither Jared Stobie nor Gary BenDavid lit the lamp and the score remained 1-0 after three rounds.
Then Rob Searle's effort was stopped by VanLandingham, but Mike Jackson lifted the puck over Sylvia and the score was tied, 1-1.
The fifth skaters, Steve McCormack and Joe Merry both found the back of the net.
With the score balanced at 2-2, a sixth round was called for.
Sam Hurd's shot was blocked by VanLandingham, but Stephen Greenberg found a chink in Sylvia's armor and scored the deciding and winning goal for team White.