Sports highlights


The Twenty-fourth Sullivan

Despite predictions and warnings of extreme weather to come, 140 intrepid runners and walkers showed up to meet the challenge of the 24th annual Sullivan 5K Road Race to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Saturday.

First to complete the run was 51-year-old Chris Spinney of Arlington, who finished the race in 18:06.

Just twenty seconds behind was 16-year-old Ben Bosworth of Dorchester at 18:26.

Then came (3) Emmet Shipway, 17, of Avon, Conn., 18:35; (4) Scott Bosworth, 47, of Boston in 18:48; (5) Kevin Westrich, 39, of Fairport, N.Y., 20:15; (6) Erin Gunn, 29, Vineyard Haven, 209:19; (7) Todd Cleland, 42, Oak Bluffs, 20:20; (8) Bonnie Kingsbury, 32, Vineyard Haven, 20:27; (9) Reaan Steenkamp, 44, Vineyard Haven, 20:38; (10) Seth Harlow, 28, Oak Bluffs, 20:57.

Erin Gunn was not only the sixth to finish the course, she was also the first female. The second was Bonnie Kingsbury of Vineyard Haven who was eighth overall.

The rest of the top distaff finishers were (11) Vanessa Filley, 35, of Evanston, Il. 21:27; (15) Hilda Lewis, 30, Vineyard Haven, 21:57; (22) Emily Bosworth, 14, Boston, 24:17; (23) Alexandra Sawin, 19, Edgartown; (24) Meg Striepe. 47, Sudbury, 24:25 (25) Courtney Peters, 29, Vineyard Haven, 24:29; and (26) Kathleen Brown, 36. Vineyard Haven, 24:33.

The race produced a generous contribution to the MV Hospital, in no small sense due to 47 generous sponsors.

Splash and Dash rescheduled

The annual Splash and Dash Oar and Paddle Regatta, for kayaks, canoes, and row boats on Sengekontacket Pond, postponed due to Irene, will take off Sunday, September 4 from the Little Bridge at 10 am. Register from 8:30 to 9:30 am the day of the race. After the race competitors will share a picnic and hail the conquering heroes and heroines in the several categories, human and canine.

Holmes Hole Sailing notes

Wise and experienced sailors as they are, the members of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association did not race, as is their wont, either Thursday or Sunday. Most of the HHSA boats were pulled from the water or otherwise safely secured heeding warnings of foul weather from Hurricane Irene.

Commodore Culkin informs us that the HHSA will race as usual today, Thursday, at 6:00 pm and that there will be two Harbor races on Sunday.

The climax of the sailing season is the annual Moffett race, Sunday, September 10. Sailors are reminded that they must have their applications in by Friday, September 2, in order to compete.

Slam Dunk

Saturday, at the Tisbury Senior Center, Ann Brown and Duncan Walton finished in first place sitting North-South in the Bridge Club of Martha’s Vineyard games, followed by (2) Rhonda Cohen and Eric Stricoff and (3) Calvin Bass and Art Spielvogel.

At East-West, Tillie Foster and Emily Robertson had the high numbers. Bob Franklin and Charlie Harff were second best. Trudy Ulmer and Colleen Morris were third.

Seven tables were in play.

Good Sports

The sports community, beginning perhaps with the Boston Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber, is well-known, and deservedly so, for its contribution to “good causes.” Hospice, cancer research, hospitals, libraries, whales, polar bears, and the environment are just some of the worthwhile causes benefiting from road races, tennis and golf tournaments, long distance bicycle rides, softball tourneys, and more.

We recently heard of a new plan to raise funds for a good cause, the American Cancer Society, and at the same time create a new category for the Guinness Book of Records.

In Knoxville Tennessee, from 12:00:01 am, Friday, to 11:59 am, Sunday, October 23, golfers in Knoxville, Tennessee will attempt to hit one million golf balls into a target area. That’s 13,889 per hour, according to Carl Papa of Pin High Pro, who came up with the idea in the first place.

Bill took a spin in France

Fifty-six year old Bill Russell of Vineyard Haven recently completed the Paris-Brest-Paris Brevet, a semi-competitive bicycle ride of some 761 miles, or 1,230K. Unlike the better known Tour de France, Paris-Brest-Paris riders are given a cue sheet, not a map, and navigation skills are required to successfully complete the ride. Participants must report to stations along the way, 15 in all, meeting time standards to continue.

The trip took Bill 89 hours and 17 minutes to complete. The fastest American rider, Chris Ragsdale of Seattle, completed the course in 44 hours, 38 minutes.

Before participating in the Brevet, riders had to qualify in “super randonneur” trials of 200K, 300K, 400K and 600K.

Bill, a house painter by trade, keeps in shape for such strenuous tests by constant bicycling on the Vineyard.

Chilmarkers to Champery

Chilmark locals, Mike Broderick and partner Mary McConneloug (Team KENDA/Seven/No Tubes), are headed to Champery, Switzerland to represent the USA in the upcoming Cross Country Mountain Bike World Championships on September 3.

Mike and Mary are experienced cross-country mountain bike racers who have been traveling widely and racing together since 1999. They just finished a month-long RV based racing trip through Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, completing the final two rounds of the 2011 World Cup series prior to the season finale World Championships.

MVYS Registration

Register for Martha’s Vineyard Youth Soccer for youngsters from kindergarten to eighth grade on Saturday, September 10 from 9 am to noon, at the high school cafeteria. Mini kickers $60; Under 8 to Under 10, $70; School League (grades 5-8) $80. Family maximum $200. Financial assistance is available.

Practice starts Monday, Sept. 19.

To learn more or pre-register see

The 7th Hospice Tennis Championships

The seventh annual Hospice Tennis championships begin play tomorrow, Friday, September 2-4, in Divisions 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open in Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles at Farm Neck

There will be a Cocktail Party with door prizes and a raffle with a Pro Exhibition on Friday at 5 pm.

Please direct all questions to Tournament Director Mas Kimball at 508-560-6111 or call Farm Neck Tennis at 508-693-9728.

“Come and enjoy the best tournament of the year.”

For more information and to register see

Flag football registration

Registration for flag football begins Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club from 10 am to 5 pm and online at The registration deadline is Sept. 16.

Players will be allocated to teams by the coaches on Sept. 17 and will be notified by the end of the weekend.

Volunteer coaches are still needed.

Play begins on Sept. 24.