Sports Highlights


Somerset holds on to win, 4-2 in baseball

The Vineyard high school baseball team narrowly lost to Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Somerset, 4-2, Tuesday, at the Vineyard Baseball Park.

Captain Ben Ciciora went the distance on the mound, giving up four runs, but only two of them earned.

The Islanders loaded the bases in the second inning and scored when Ramon Espino walked, forcing in Andrew Williamson who had led off the inning with a single. But the Raiders immediately reclaimed the lead and hung on to it in the low-scoring game.

The Martha’s Vineyard nine slipped to 3-8 on the year, 1-4 in the EAC.

Girls tennis team advances

The high school girls’ tennis team, coached by Connie McHugh, swept Westport, 5-0, Friday, then got by Somerset, 3-2, Saturday, 3-2, to go 4-1 on the season.

Singles players Annie Burton, Dylan Brockmeyer and Alyssa Adler all won their Westport matches in straight sets as did the doubles teams of Annabelle Hackney and Julia Cooper, and Camila Fernandez with Michaella Gaines.

In the Somerset match, Annie Burton lost at first singles, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6. At second singles Dylan Brockmeyer dominated, 6-1, 6-3. So did Alyssa Adler at third singles, 6-2, 6-1.

Anabelle Hackney and Julia Cooper had little trouble at first doubles, 6-1, 6-4, but Michaella Gaines and Wendy Wen bowed at second, 6-7, 2-6.

Boys tennis team beats Somerset

The high school boys tennis team swept Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) opponent Somerset at the Vineyard courts, 5-0, Tuesday. It was the Vineyarders seventh win against one loss, They are 4-0 in the EAC.

Singles players Reid Yennie, Kent Leonard and Justice Yennie won each and every singles set, 6-0.

At doubles Pat McCarthy and Jackson McBride won easily 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Sophomores Austin Stevenson and Jackson Koorse, playing together for the first time, achieved a sraight set win, 6-4, 6-2.

Friday, the Westport High School boys tennis team arrived on the Island sporting an impressive 6-1 season record. But past successes availed not as the Vineyarders swept all matches in straight sets.

Especially impressive was Justice Yennie’s whitewash of his Wildcat opponent, 6-0, 6-0. But all of the Vineyard wins were one-sided. Reid Yennie at first singles won 6-0, 6-4. Kent Leonard at second singles dominated 6-1, 6-2.

At first doubles Jackson McBride and Patrick McCarthy were victorious, 6-3, 6-2. Justin Smith and Ryan Sawyer took their match 6-0, 6-3.

Tennis boosters fundraiser

On Sunday, May 22, the MV Racqueteers Tennis Booster Club will hold a round robin tournament at Vineyard Youth Tennis, a fundraiser for the high school boys’ and girls’ tennis teams. The gentlemen’s draw is from 9 am to noon. Ladies will play from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Register for $35. Find registration forms at Refreshments will be provided.

Sailors sunk at Sandwich

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity sailing team took on Nantucket, Falmouth, and Sandwich at Lawrence pond, Sandwich, Saturday, led by senior captain Ben Nivala and varsity crew Tyler Shapiro.

Two other MV boats were skippered by Jesse Thomas with crew Katie Johnson, and skipper James Ulyatt with crew Jake Sudarsky. Also joining the racing were crews Cole Bilodeau, Doug Andrade, and skipper Ben Lukowitz.

The Vineyarders raced Nantucket and started strong, winning the first race in the best of five series. But the Whalers rallied and won the match, 3-1. The second match with Falmouth was a sweep for the Clippers, 3-0.

Nevertheless, MV Coach Aaron Burr affirms that this year’s sailing team is “extremely talented and they should be proud of their effort.”

Gymnasts shine at Westboro

Gymnasts of the Island Gymnastics Training School competed in the in-house meet at the New England Sports Academy, Westboro, on April 9.

Sophie Devanski-Noel was third in the novice senior division. Isis Burt was fourth in the novice junior division. Rosie Herman was first overall in the novice junior division. Taybor Estrella was first in the rookie junior division. Kasey Varkonda was second in the rookie junior division.

Isabelle Murphy was first in the rookie intermediate division; Margaret Hoff was first in the rookie child division; Alexa Schroeder was second in the rookie child division; Hannah Tate-Arena was third in the rookie child division.

Coaches for the meet were Jaime Conroy and IGT founder Beth Goodell.

Darts results

The dart league met at the Portuguese-American Club. Here are the results: on March 31, Robert O’Sullivan, Peter Searle, and Brenda Welch won the money after beating Michael Lipinsky, Gus Leaf, and Lisa Mathieu, 7-4.

Peter Searle hit a 101 three-dart-on and Michael Lipinsky hit a 128 three-dart-out.

On April 7, a playoff ensued after Robert O’Sullivan’s team and Michael Lipinsky’s team each won their respective matches 7-1. O’Sullivan’s team took theprize.

On April 21 Jarda Kral, Rene Mathieu and Linda Wood took out Michael Lipinsky, et al, 10-1.

On April 28, another playoff, this time between O’Sullivan’s team and Jack Welch, Dana Resendes, and Jeff Wray, each having won 7-4. O’Sullivan’s team won the night. Peter Searle hit a 120 three-dart-on.

Sue Kimball anchors senior tennis team

Sue Kimball of Oak Bluffs was a member of a team based out of Chestnut Hill that represented New England in the 9.0 Super Senior League National Tennis Championships in Surprise, Arizona, Sunday. The team won the tournament 3-0 to take the national title.

Women’s softball

The Women’s Softball League invites ladies of at least 17 years of age to register to play or umpire in the summer league by calling Veronika or Jen at 508-693-8325.

This year the league celebrates its seventh birthday. Play has improved every year and is now at top draw.

Bubble time

It’s time to deflate the Vineyard Youth Tennis Bubble at the four-way-stop, a facility that has been such a busy and useful place all winter long. Volunteers are needed to help. They should bring their own gloves and expect to work from 8:30 am to noon on Saturday, May 7.

If you haven’t done it before, try it. You might like it.

Golfers wanted to benefit Boys and Girls

The 17th Annual Children’s Benefit Golf Tournament in support of the MV Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters will be held at Farm Neck on Sunday, June 5. Register online at Space is limited. Register yourself or your team of 5 (or partial team) early. The Tournament Sponsor is Morton Financial. Major sponsors are The Edgartown National Bank and Vineyard Vines.

Horse gymkhana

The Martha’s Vineyard Horse Junior Council is hosting a gymkhana this weekend May 8th. The fun starts at 9 am at the Ag Hall. All sorts of fun and games. Visit the web site for more information,