Sports highlights

Field hockey fortunes

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity field hockey team began the regular season with a trip to Scituate for a Labor Day weekend tournament against strong division-one competition.

The Vineyarders played well in game one on Sunday, but dropped a 1-0 decision to Dighton-Rehoboth. The Falcons scored early in the first half and were able to hold on for the win.

On Monday, Martha’s Vineyard evened its record at 1-1 with a 2-0 win over the Marshfield Rams. Maggie Johnson scored both goals. Meghan McHugh assisted on both goals, and Isabel Smith earned an assist on the second tally.

Coach Lisa Knight was proud of her team’s effort. “This is a fiery young team,” Coach Knight said. Six of this year’s starters are sophomores.

Coach Knight praised senior co-captains Maggie Johnson and Meghan McHugh and also cited junior netminder Kathryn Antonsson.

“I’m happy (with the team) and I’ve got a great coaching staff,” Coach Knight said. Beth Blankenship is the assistant varsity coach. Niki Alexander is the junior varsity head coach, and Nina Butler is the jayvee assistant coach. All three are former Vineyard players.

The team is on the road, Saturday, at Dennis-Yarmouth High for an all-day jamboree. The Vineyarders host arch-rival Bishop Stang of North Dartmouth in the home opener, Tuesday at 3 pm.

All Wickets are Go for Jim Turner

The Edgartown Croquet Club held its annual championship tournament over Labor Day weekend with thirteen players competing in two flights. Among the players were Ken and Barbara Whitford, visitors from the Marion Mallet Club,

The flights included a combined Championship / First Flight for those with handicaps under 10 and a second Flight for those whose handicaps are 10 or more. The Second Flight and Championship/First Flight competed in double elimination ladders.

Barbara Whitford of Marion took home the Second Flight Championship trophy for 2011. Cecily Greenaway of Vineyard Haven missed by a hair and took home the runner-up trophy.

In the Championship/First Flight, Jim Turner of West Tisbury broke a ten-year spell and defeated long-reigning club champion Jack Schot of East Chop. Jack took home a rare runner-up trophy.

Congratulations to the winners. Participants and spectators were appreciated for keeping the “deadness boards.”

The Edgartown Croquet Club plays at the Edgartown

Croquet Lawn on the grounds of the Edgartown School on Saturdays at 9 am. Visitors and any persons wishing to learn the game are welcome.

The George Moffett sails again

The 34th George Moffett Race, dedicated this year to the memory of Holmes Hole Sailing Association co-founders Francis “Pat” West and Hugh Schwar, honors George Moffett, also a Holmes Hole founding father, who donated Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary to the Island and campaigned with his yacht, Guinevere, winning both the SORC and the Bermuda Race.

The race committee has designed five courses from nine to nineteen nautical miles in the superb sailing waters of Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds. The course selection will be made by the committee on the day of the race.

Forty boats are registered to race. Officers were hoping for more, but Irene took her toll as not a few boat owners hauled their crafts out of what appeared to be harm’s way. However, forty boats are only three fewer than started last year.

The weather forecast is encouraging.

Past Moffett Race Winners

1978 Joseph Low MOCKINGBIRD1979 Hank Scott SHADOW1980 Douglas Thacher ALIS PROPHS VOLAT1981 Lucia Moffett LUCIA1982 Don Grassie FORTUNE1983 Allen D. Slater Jr. CERCERELLE1984 George Delaney ARDENT1985 Richard Everett VERNON LANGILLE1986 Jonathan Churchill TAYGETA1987 Francis West Jr. ERDA1988 Primo Lombardi LIBERTY1989 James Lobdell MALABAR II1990 Richard Meyer TEACUP1991 J. Thomas Franklin WESTRAY1992 Frederick J.Crane CONSOLATION1993 Alan Wilson ALTIUS1994 William Underwood NAIAD1995 Harry Duane ANDIAMO II1996 Robert Blum MUSIC STREET1997 Jim Martin WHISPER1998 Harry Duane ANDIAMO II1999 Carl Beverly MOONDANCE2000 Dan Culkin MAGIC TIME2001 Alan Wilson CHANTEY2002 Douglas & Nancy Clark GNOME2003 Dan Eberle CILISTA2004 Mait Edey (skipper)Tom Graham (owner) SWALLOWS & AMAZONS2005 Damian McLaughlin ARION2006 Sandy Alexander FALCOR2007 Jeff Robinson PHRA LUANG2008 Jerry Goodale STORMALONG2009 Steve Besse APRES2010 Jamie Weisman PERCEPTION

HHSA calls it a day

The Holmes Hole Sailing Asssociation concluded its summer season of handicap sailboat racing from Vineyard Haven Harbor with a night race on Thursday, and two Harbor races on Sunday.

A shifting east northeast wind greeted the 15-boat fleet on Thursday for the traditional triangular race to West Chop and East Chop and return.

Stuart Halpert finished first in Providence, followed by Andy Berry, Roger Becker, Geoff Gibson, Phil Hale, Stephen Besse, Eric Widra, Frank Satula, Jerry Goodale, Ernie Mendenhall and Kathy Logue, Judy Knight, and Woody Bowman. Commodore Culkin and Magic Time retired with jib problems.

Sunday morning the southwest wind was 12-20 knots. Andy Berry won the A Division morning race in Isobar. Jerry Goodale was second, followed by Phil Hale, Eric Widra, Frank Satula, Mike Loberg and Peter Goodale (tied), and Roger Becker.

The B Division winner was Rebecca Colson with David Lott, John and Lisa Stout, Dan Culkin, Michael Hoff, John Rose, Jim Pringle, and Stuart Halpert coming after.

On Sunday afternoon, Jerry Goodale led the A Division to the finish line chased by Phil Hale, Stephen Besse, Mike Loberg, Peter Goodale, Roger Becker, and Irving Gates.

The B Division winner was Rebecca Colson. Then came (2) Dan Culkin, (3) John and Lisa Stout, (4) David Lott, (5) Jim Pringle, and (6) Woody Bowman.

Bridging the Island

At the Saturday morning meeting of the Bridge Club of Martha’sVineyard at the Tisbury Senior Center, Linda and Donald Shapiro beat all at North-South followed by Brooks Robards and Carol Whitmarsh.

Tops at East-West were Maggie Gasnick and Brenda Davenport. Regina McDonough and Trudy Ulmer were second.

The Island Bridge Club has moved from the Regional High School to the Howes House, West Tisbury, still meeting at 7 pm on Thursdays.

Game golfers go for it

Despite heavy rain and wind, 90 golfers teed off in the sixth annual Jack Spear Martha’s Vineyard Open on Tuesday at the Edgartown Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit the MVRHS golf program.

Troy Pare of Winnamoisett Golf Club of Rumford, R.I., finished first. Matt Lombard, the golf pro at Mink Meadows in Vineyard Haven, was second. Edgartown Golf Club pro Robbie Rush was third.

In the amateur ranks, Yada Kral was first, followed by Steve Mathis in second, and Alan Post in third.