The M.V. Invitational
One hundred sixty-nine cross country runners from seven high schools ran the MVRHS 5K course through the state forest in the Martha's Vineyard Invitational on Saturday.
The fastest runner of them all was the Vineyard's Mark Reppert, who completed the course in 16:57, five seconds better than Christin Bates of Canton who was second. Another Canton runner, Josh Sheehan, a sophomore, was third at 17:29.
Team honors went to Canton with 28 points. M.V. was second at 38 with Willie Nevin at fourth and Max Conley, Forrest Harcourt, and Anthony Piland filling the 10, 11, and 12 spots.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
Barnstable came third at 76 and Falmouth fourth with 99.
Canton also won the boys JV race. The Bulldogs' Paul Shepter reached the finish line first at 18:46, followed by three Islanders: Max Miner (19:18), Taylor Smith (19:34) and Liam McCarthy (19:55).
The other two MV scorers were Chad Curtis and Warren Gowell who were 16th and 19th at 21:47 and 22:14.
Barnstable and Falmouth trailed.
Most of the runners, 106 of them, were girls. In the varsity run, Megan Dreyer of MVRHS finished second in 20:07, 37 seconds behind a Fitch (Groton, Conn.) H.S. freshman, Brandy LeClair. Barnstable produced the 3rd and 4th finishers, Fitch the 5th and 6th, Canton the 7th, Fontbonne the 8th and Notre Dame the 9th and 10th.
As a team Fitch was first with 37, Notre Dame second with 65 and M.V. third at 77.
Barnstable, Canton, and Falmouth followed, in that order.
Scoring for the Vineyard, beside Megan, were Hilary Dreyer (16th), Sarah Jean Flanders (22nd), Ellie Hehre (23rd) and Kim Carlomagno (29th).
Barnstable showed well in the JV girls race producing the winner and the 6th, 7th, 12th and 14th runners. But Fitch filled the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8 spots. The Vineyard's Margaretta Hehre and Caitlin Serpa came in a respectable 9th and 10th.
Next challenge for the cross-country teams were meets at Somerset, one of the EAC schools that has invited MVRHS membership, Wednesday, Sept. 17. Sacred Heart, a Mayflower Large school as are we, comes to call Tuesday, Sept 23.
Last Thursday the MVRHS golf team beat Falmouth at Farm Neck, 40.5 to 31.5. Sam Smith, Alex Bilzerian, and Derel Garvin won their matches. Josh Crowther halved his. Sam Smith had the medalist round of 37 on the par 35 course. At Sankaty Head, the Vineyarders sank Nantucket, 256-274. Sam Scott led the charge with a medalist round of 37 on the par 36 course. The Islanders record is 3-2-1.
The MVRHS boys varsity soccer team shut out D/Y at South Yarmouth, 2-0 on goals by Bill Reagan (from Alex Poole) and Fernando Freire.
The field hockey team lost to Sandwich, there, 3-1. Phebe Bates scored for the Vineyard. Saturday the Island girls tied Mashpee, 1-1. Phebe scored again. The MV girls varsity soccer team lost a home game to a strong D/Y squad, 4-0. The JVs were also blanked, 3-0.
Saturday the Island soccer teams took a second look at Nauset which had shut out both of the varsity squads at Orleans earlier. The Vineyard girls improved matters by scoring twice. Molly Fischer was credited with both first half goals giving M.V. a 2-1 lead at the half. But Nauset found the back of the net twice in the second half to claim, 3-2. Tuesday the M.V. girls posted their first win of the season, blanking Nantucket, 4-0. Gillian O'Callahan, Alexia Schroeder, Maddie Penicaud and Andora Aquino scored. Alexia had two assists. It was goalie Kia Minor's first shutout.
In the boys varsity soccer contest, Nauset goalie Brett Conrad pitched another shutout and the Warriors walked off with a 1-0 win. On Nantucket, Tuesday, the Vineyarders bowed, 5-2. It was the Whalers first win. Alex Poole and Billy Reagan scored the Vineyard's goals.
The M.V. boys jayvees beat Nauset, 1-0, on an "own goal" credited to Augusto Nunes. The boys J.V. is 3-0 on the season. The M.V. girls jayvee squad lost to Nauset, 1-0.
A 5K double header
Beside the high school invitational, the weekend offered two 5K road races, the George Tankard Memorial in Oak Bluffs, Saturday, for the NAACP, and the Vineyard Haven Library's Run the Chop on Sunday.
David Diriwachter, 39, of Vineyard Haven won both races. His winning time Saturday at O.B. was 18:41, leading 12 year-old Jeremy Alley-Tarter, who was second, by 1:17. Jeremy's time was 19:58.
The rest of the top 10 were (3) Paul Vertefeuille, 44, Oak Bluffs, 20:17; (4) Shanna Hauver, 39, of Holden, Me., the first woman to complete the run, 20:45; (5) Blake Edmonds, 35, Vineyard Haven, 20:51; (6) Roger Armstrong, 54, Edgartown, 21:09; (7) Patrick Parker, 50, Vineyard Haven, 21:26; (8) Wayne Guyther, 51, Oak Bluffs, 21:37; (9) Todd Cleland, 39, Oak Bluffs, 22:19; (10) Hanic Storage, 54, Wellesley, 23:19.
Heather McGee of Vineyard Haven, Marcella Pouliot of Edgartown, Margaret D'Angelo of West Tisbury, and Paula O'Connor of Vineyard Haven rounded out the first five female finishers.
Sixty-four persons completed the Tankard 5K.
The Library 5K
Sunday's race was run in the rain, sometimes a heavy rain. But the weather did not slow David Diriwachter. His winning time Sunday was just one second off his Saturday pace: 18:42.
Second on Sunday was 43-year-old Garry Metters of Vineyard Haven, 58 seconds behind David at 19:40. Then came (3) Patrick Parker, 47, Vineyard Haven, 21:16; (4) Blake Edmonds, 35, Vineyard Haven, 21:26; (5) Jason Gomez, 8 - Yes, eight ! - from San Jose, Calif., 21:28; (6) Daniel Vaughan. 22, Edgartown, 21:37; (7) Roger Armstrong, 44, Edgartown, 21:57; (8) Mark Natichioni, 13, Vineyard Haven, 23:04; (9) Diana Rossman, 41, the first female, San Jose, Calif., 23:10; (10) Manic Storage, 54, Wellesley, 23:24.
The rest of the first five women to reach the finish line were Katie Brown, 33, Vineyard Haven, Karen Burke, 39, Vineyard Haven, Donna Creighton, 44, Vineyard Haven, and Anne Williamson, 43, Edgartown.
Forty-five persons made the scene.
The Vineyard football varsity opened its season with a convincing 14-0 win at Mattapoisett versus Old Rochester Regional, Friday.
The Islanders had to contend with the weather as well as the Bulldogs. A steady, drenching rain fell from kickoff to final whistle.
Old Rochester received the kickoff from Cody Brewer and moved steadily from their own 30 to the Vineyard's 20 in seven plays, picking up three first downs. But that was as close as they would get. Nick Gross sacked the Bulldog quarterback and the Vineyard took over on their 30-yard line. A fumble handed the ball back to O.R.R. on the M.V. 36 but the Vineyard defense allowed the Bulldogs only two yards. The Islanders moved the ball to the Rochester 3 yard line in 11 plays then pushed it into the end zone in the first play of the second period - QB Mike McCarthy doing the honors. Brooks Billingham added the extra point.
Old Rochester moved from its own 37 to the Vineyard's 37 where D.J. Kaeka covered a Bulldog fumble.
Later in the second quarter. M.V. marched from midfield to the pay dirt in six plays. McCarthy plunged five yards for the score and Dillingham added the point after again.
The second half did not produce any points, but there were demonstrations a-plenty of M.V. defensive skills keeping Old Rochester out of the Vineyard's end zone.
When the whistle blew ending the game, M.V. had the ball deep in Bulldog territory after Erik Dolliver recovered a Rochester fumble.
A wet and slippery ball contributed to the frequency of fumbles.
The Vineyarders are at Carver, Friday, for a 6 pm start.