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Brian Fraser in action against Somerset-Berkley on January 4. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys hockey senior captain Brian Fraser is the recipient of a 2014 Hobey Baker High School Character Award. Brian is the second Vineyard boys player to earn the prestigious award, joining Stephen Greenberg, who was selected in 2007. Brian will be honored at the TD Garden, Monday, April 7.

Vineyard boys varsity coach Matt Mincone wrote on the www.vineyardhockey.com website, “Being a hockey enthusiast and understanding the contributions of Hobey Baker to our game, I congratulate Brian on this achievement.”

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The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School freshman’s bridge held up under 1,500 pounds when the contest was halted.

Ben deBettencourt, with Dylan Araujo, placing weights on "Anthony," the linguini bridge that would ultimately win.
Ben deBettencourt, with Dylan Araujo, placing weights on “Anthony,” the linguini bridge that would ultimately win.

It was a win-win for freshman Ben deBettencourt at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s 17th Annual Linguini Bridge Contest Monday morning. Not only did his bridge withstand the most weight of all the entries — 1,500 pounds — but it did not end up as a heap of crushed pasta.

Although he agreed the intact bridge makes a nice souvenir of the event, Ben told The Times he would like to test it one more time, even if that means reaching its breaking point. I want to try to get to 2,100 pounds,” he said.

Second place winners Erin Hill and Whitney Schroeder placed 1,375 pounds on their bridge before it crushed under the weight to the smack and crack sounds of shattered pasta.

Erin Hill, center, and Whitney Schroeder came in second place with their bridge, "FDR," which held 1,375 pounds. At left, math teacher and emcee Ken DeBettencourt cheers them on.
Whitney Schroeder, center, and Erin Hill came in second place with their bridge, “FDR,” which held 1,375 pounds. At left, math teacher and emcee Ken DeBettencourt cheers them on.

Ben’s winning bridge broke the record held by last year’s winners, Ben Davey and Mya Houston of 990 pounds of weight.

The competition began at 7:45 am in the Performing Arts Center with 87 bridges. Mathematics and technology teacher Ken DeBettencourt created the contest and has organized and run it every year.

Tessa Whitaker jumps back as "Trust," a bridge she built with Eva Wilson, collapses.
Tessa Whitaker jumps back as “Trust,” a bridge she built with Eva Wilson, collapses.

Last year, Mr. DeBettencourt and freshmen team math teacher Carole Sylva required all ninth-grade students to participate. That doubled the usual amount of entries from years past.

Mr. DeBettencourt emceed the contest, dressed in his traditional vintage madras plaid patchwork sports jacket, and Ms. Sylva assisted students onstage.

The contest rules are simple: bridges must be constructed using only Prince-brand linguini held together with regular Elmer’s glue, weigh less than one pound, and be able to support a minimum of 25 pounds.

Students compete individually or in teams of two. They are allowed to get help from parents or other knowledgeable sources.

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The bridge “Kyniper” built by Kylie Hatt, center, and Juniper Ezanno did not make it to round three, as observed by teacher Ken DeBettencourt.

During Monday’s competition, weights were added until a bridge failed. Fifteen bridges survived rounds one and two, withstanding 100 pounds and then an additional 250 pounds, to qualify for the “go-for-broke” third round. The competition continued with snaps, crackles and crashes, and ended about noon. Mr. DeBettencourt said any future testing of Ben’s bridge would likely take place this spring outdoors, to ensure everyone’s safety.

Ben is the son of Hope and Eric deBettencourt of Oak Bluffs. His sister, Emily, is a junior at the high school.

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Ellie Reagan, a junior at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, readies her team's can crusher for testing. She won an honorable mention at the engineering challenge. — Photo courtesy of Natalie Munn

Peter Ruimerman, a junior at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS), was one of three winners that tied for first place at the inaugural Cape and Islands Engineering Challenge held on Thursday, March 20. A total of 37 students participated, 10 each from MVRHS, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, and Sandwich High School, and 7 from Cape Cod Regional Technical School (CCRTS).

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First place winner Peter Ruimerman, a Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School junior, gets down to crunch time with his team’s can crusher.

MVRHS science teacher Natalie Munn organized the multi-school engineering challenge held at the Swope Conference Center in the Marine Biological Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Cape Light Compact sponsored the event with a $3,000 donation from its energy education program, which paid for the venue, Ms. Munn said.

MVRHS science teachers Dana Munn and Anna Cotton, math teacher Catherine DeGrandpre, and technology and design teacher Chris Connors helped Ms. Munn plan and run the event.  Five teachers from Sandwich, the Charter School and CCRTS also attended.

The regional event was patterned after the engineering challenge MVRHS holds monthly. The idea is to give students an opportunity to experience the process of engineering by working on a team to achieve a common goal, in a competition different from the yearly science fair.

Ms. Nunn contacted high schools on Nantucket and the Cape, inviting them to bring up to 10 students to compete in three separate challenges, kept secret until the competition.

For their first challenge, students made a produce scale using a bowl, string, some hooks, a strip of poster board, and a spring. They created a hand-operated soda/drink can crusher using a hinge, several pieces of 2 x 4 plywood, screws, pvc rings, and tape for the second challenge. For the third challenge, students made a desk lamp from cardboard, file folders, aluminum foil, a ring on a ring stand, three LED light bulbs, and a batch of wires and alligator clips.

Teams were made of students from different schools, and the members rotated for each challenge. Students received a score at the end of each challenge. Awards were based on their totals.

Ian McCartney and Savannah Reynolds of Sandwich High School tied for first place with Peter Ruimerman. Matthew Barton of the Charter School tied for second place with Jess Lizotte of Sandwich High School. Ian Wallace of Sandwich High School took third place.

After the challenge, the students and teachers enjoyed a lunch in the Swope Dining Hall. The program that followed featured three WHOI engineers, Megan Carroll, an MVRHS alumnus, Kaitlyn Tradd, and Loral O’Hara, who talked about their experiences with tethered and remotely operated ocean research submersible vehicles, such as “Alvin.”

Ms. Munn deemed the first Cape and Islands Engineering Challenge a success, and said that she hopes it will become an annual event, with more schools participating each year.

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Ben Davey and Mya Houston added more weight to "London Bridge, Take Two!" as teacher Ken DeBettencourt looked on in last year's contest. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s 17th Annual Linguini Bridge Contest, in the Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 31, promises to be a shattering experience.

Students will top their pasta bridges with weights and put them to the test, starting at 7:45 am. The competition continues with a snap, crackle, and pop until 10:45 am or until the last bridge is standing. Or not. The public is invited.

Mathematics and technology teacher Ken DeBettencourt created the contest and has organized and run it every year. The rules are simple: bridges must be constructed using only Prince-brand linguini held together with regular Elmer’s glue, weigh less than one pound, and be able to support a minimum of 25 pounds.

Students compete individually or in teams of two. They are allowed to get help from parents or other knowledgeable sources.

During the competition, weights are added until a bridge fails. Last year, “London Bridge, Take Two!,” built by freshmen Ben Davey and Mya Houston, captured first, withstanding 990 pounds.

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Aubrey Ashmun (at left) celebrates a third period power play goal with teammates Callie Jackson, Sydney Davies, Emily Hammett, and Olivia Ogden. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity girls hockey team played at their best for 15 minutes and were good enough the rest of the way to pick up a 4-1 Southeastern Mass. Girls Hockey League win over Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham (BMW) Saturday at the MV Arena.

The Vineyarders (6-2-2, 5-0-1 SEMGHL Southeast) came out flying in the first period, outshooting the visitors 12-1, but the game remained scoreless until Aubrey Ashmun lit the lamp from Sydney Davies with 20 seconds left to the intermission.

“The first period was one of the better periods we’ve played all year,” Vineyard coach John Fiorito said. “We dominated and played great, then we kind of stopped skating.”

Callie Jackson put M.V. up 2-0 with a second period goal, assisted by Emily Hammett. Aubrey Ashmun scored a power play goal 16 seconds into the third period. Alex Clark followed with her first goal of the season, assisted by Haven Huck and Aubrey Ashmun.

The girls play at North Quincy Wednesday and host Nauset Saturday at 1 pm.

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Erin Hill (left) and Kat deBettencourt led the charge for the MVRHS girls basketball team this year. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity girls basketball team used a suffocating defense to earn a big 37-22 road win Friday over Eastern Athletic Conference rival Somerset Berkley. Erin Hill led the Vineyarders with 17 points. Kat deBettencourt added 11 more.

M.V. improved to 8-6, 2-3 EAC and hosts Coyle Cassidy in a league contest Friday at 4:30.

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Navardo Anderson cuts to the basket against Bishop Stang — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard boys varsity basketball team chalked up another Eastern Athletic Conference win Saturday night at the Sancy in Oak Bluffs.

Deshawn James leaps to keep the ball in play.
Deshawn James leaps to keep the ball in play.

Deshawn James scored 27 points, to go with seven rebounds and four steals as the Vineyarders (8-2, 4-1 EAC) flattened Bishop Stang 73-40.

The Spartans kept the game close through the first quarter, trailing just 13-12, but the Vineyarders steadily pulled away thereafter. Navardo Anderson had 11 points and equalled James with seven boards and four steals. Tim Roberts grabbed seven rebounds and added six points.

The boys hit the road for games against Whitinsville Christian School, Coyle Cassidy, and Bishop Stang before hosting Snowden International of Boston, February 8 at 2 pm.

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Deshawn James takes off on the fast break with Vineyard teammate Narvardo Anderson and Somerset Berkley's Mike Mahoney in tow. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard varsity boys basketball team bounced back from Monday’s humbling home defeat to Bishop Feehan with a 74-51 Eastern Athletic Conference win over Somerset Berkley Friday in Oak Bluffs.

The bitter aftertaste of the Feehan loss lingered throughout the first quarter. The Raiders rode 12 points from Vaughn Browner, pounded the offensive glass and rang up a 19-11 lead.

The game turned with a vengeance in the second quarter. Senior co-captain Kane Araujo sank four three-pointers and Deshawn James added seven points as the Vineyarders outscored the Raiders 35-12 to lead 46-31 at halftime.

The Purple skillfully moved the ball around the perimeter and dissected the Raider defense with accurate passes into the paint. The Vineyarders also tightened up on defense and matched Somerset Berkley’s physical play.

“After the first quarter, defensively the intensity picked up and the ball movement picked up,” Vineyard coach Mike Joyce said. “All of a sudden, the ball was swinging side to side, we were getting wide open looks, getting the ball inside to the short corner. Our ball movement was so much better [than against Bishop Feehan] that it wasn’t even funny.”

Deshawn James led the Vineyarders with 18 points. Kane Araujo, Navardo Anderson, and Tim Roberts all finished with 14.

The Vineyarders (7-2, 3-1 EAC) play again Saturday, hosting EAC rival Bishop Stang. The freshmen tip off at 3 pm, followed by the jayvees at 4:30 and the varsity at 6.