Sports highlights

Islanders boot Warriors, Spartans

Tuesday, the Vineyard varsity boys soccer team won its second Eastern Athletic Conference game, dropping Coyle-Cassidy, 4-1. MV scorers were Ben Dwane, Jack Roberts, John Oliveira, and Jon Marcal.

The win gives the Islanders a 3-2 record on the season.

Last Saturday, the Vineyarders rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the second half to catch and defeat Bishop Stang at North Dartmouth, 5-4. Three goals by junior Lynicker Souza plus others by senior striker John Olivera and team captain Jack Roberts did the trick.

The score was tied at two at the half. The Spartans upped the ante with two goals early in the second period, but Olivera converted a penalty kick and Souza added the tying and winning goals, completing his hat trick.

Jack Roberts’ goal was scored in the first half.

The boys host Nauset under the lights at Dan McCarthy field, Saturday at 6 pm.

On decks

Nine Island Bridge Club tables were in play at the Howes House, West Tisbury, last Thursday. North-South honors went to Charlie Harff and Lou Winkleman. Carol Whitmarsh and Sari Lipkin were second; Dale Lipkin and Sue Collison were third. Fourth place went to Barbara Besse and Miles Jaffe.

Sitting East-West, the top scores were those of Dan and Nancy Cabot, followed by (2) Foster Osborne and Foster Greene, (3) Susanna Jacobson and Anita Persson, (4) Nancy Neil and Bea Phear.

Tuesday, at the Vineyard Haven Stone Church, six tables were in play.

Tied for first were David Donald and Larry Harrison with Barbara Besse and Bea Phear. Miles Jaffe and Jim Kaplan were third. Dan and Nancy Cabot were fourth. Dottie Arnold and Cheryl Neal, fifth.

Cycle MV returns

Marathoner extraordinaire Bill Brown is again in charge of arrangements for the Rotary Club’s Cycle Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, October 1, a benefit for Windemere at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in memory of Lucinda Chandler.

Cyclists will choose between a 100K route that reaches Aquinnah and a 50K route that includes a trail ride through the State Forest.

The registration fee of $100 goes to Windemere and other Rotary charities and entitles the cyclist to aid stations and other assistance along the course and a pig roast at the P.A.Club following the ride. Riders are invited to dance to the energetic music, a mix of bluegrass and blues, by Ballyhoo.

On curling, an Olympic sport

The Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth is hosting an eight-week introduction to curling on consecutive Sunday afternoons beginning Oct. 16.

Following the eight-week program, trainees will be invited to participate in other club events through the year’s end at no added cost and become full members of the club in January. The registration fee is $80. All equipment will be provided.

See www.capecodcurling.org to learn more and/or register or call Phil Bruce, education director, at 508-240-4593.

Eleventh George Tankard 5K

Seventy-one road runners toed the line on Saturday for the 11th running of the George Tankard Memorial NAACP 5K in Oak Bluffs.

First to reach the finish line, almost two minutes ahead of the second runner, was 31-year-old John Onofrey of Hamden, Conn., in 17 minutes, twenty seconds.

Paul Vertefeuille, 47, of Vineyard Haven, was second in 19:08.

Then came (3) Kevin Earl, 23, of Glendale, Cal., at 20:45; (4) Joe Morris, 30, of Edgartown in 21:16; (5) Kevin McGettigan, 41, of Belmont, N.H., at 21:33; (6) Thomas Nichols, 55, of Middletown, Conn., in 22:33; (7) Julie Duffany, 30, the first female finisher, from East Falmouth in 22:37; followed by (8) Amanda Morris, 29, of Kennebunk, Maine, at 22:50; (9) Dan Duffany, 29 of East Falmouth, 23:23; and (10) Holly Ganz, 42, of Oak Bluffs in 23:41.

Running up and coming

The Island schools’ interscholastic track and field season begins Friday at the High school oval, the first of a series of dual meets leading up to a final championship quad meet.

This week it’s Tisbury vs. Edgartown and West Tisbury vs. Oak Bluffs.

In high school action, Bishop Stang brought its cross-country teams to the Island yesterday. On Saturday, the Vineyard harriers are off to New Hampshire for one of New England’s premier events, the 37th annual Manchester Invitational Cross Country Classic, at Derryfield Park. The challenging course includes grass, asphalt, dirt, numerous hills, and two steeplechase barriers.

Columbus Day 5K

The 22nd annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K Road Race and One Mile Fun Run will be on Sunday, October 9. The Fun Run starts at 10:30 am. The 5K will begin at 11 am, benefit of the nonprofit Vineyard House.

Pre-registration fee is $15, $20 the day of the race.

Saturday evening a special spaghetti dinner by chef John Petrosinelli will be served at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Admission is $12, $10 with race registration; $6 for kids.

Want to skate?

The Martha’s Vineyard Skating Club invites would-be skaters to register on Tuesday, September 27, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the MV Arena.

A free TRY ME skate is offered on Tuesday as well.

The class schedule will run 11 weeks, from October 4 to December 20. The registration fee is $245.

Helmet and skate rentals are available.

Call 774-521-9870 with questions.

Hospice Tourney, Sunday

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a benefit golf tournament at Mink Meadows Golf Course on Sunday, September 25.

Mink Meadows is also celebrating a milestone year, its 75th.

Prizes, food, and fun are all on the agenda.

The Shot Gun start is at 8:15 am. Entry fee is $100 for Hospice of MV.

The first Tashmoo

This past weekend the MV Horse Council hosted the first Tashmoo 2-phase competition. Participants first competed in dressage, then changed venues for fence jumping.

The Council declined to name a Tashmoo winner

The Council thanks DiAnn and Sandy Ray for opening their beautiful farm for the event. Thanks, too, to the volunteers and spectatiors. The MVHC hopes that this will be the first of many such events.

Tennis anyone?

The Vineyard Haven Tennis Foundation invites Islanders to play on the Reade courts at the end of Boxberry Avenue off Franklin St., Tisbury, free of charge.

Leased in the summer, the courts are made available to the public in the fall, winter, and spring.