Sports highlights


Unbeaten Titans prevail

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity football team took on Pembroke at the Titans field, Thursday, and came in second, 20-7.

Pembroke, a larger and multi-talented team, might have won by a larger margin but for a dozen penalties and several forced and unforced turnovers.

The home team scored early on a 50-yard run by fleet-footed John Hooper who rushed for a total of 155 yards. Hooper added another six points on a plunge from the five.

Down by 13, the Islanders cashed in on a dropped lateral near the Pembroke goal line. Delmont Araujo did the honors, following a surging Vineyard line into the end zone. The extra-point kick split the uprights.

The Titans would score again before the end of the contest.

Vineyard defenders, led by Michael Montanile, manfully took on a strong offensive line.

This Saturday the Islanders challenge Somerset Berkley on the Raiders’ turf in an EAC contest.

Flags fly at B&G Club

The Boys & Girls Club Flag Football League got under way, Saturday, at Nunes Field, Edgartown.

In the first game, The Anglers shut out The Rock, 18-0.

Then the Blue Claws snagged the Islanders, 19-8. Then the Sharks chomped on the Volunteers, 31-2.

This Saturday’s menu is: 8 am: Islanders vs. Sharks, 9 am: Volunteers vs. The Rock, 10 am: Blue Claws vs. Anglers.

MV United U-13s impress at Harvest Cup

The MV United boys Under-13 soccer team played in the Harvest Cup in Hyannis over the weekend and made it all the way to the final against Connecticut powerhouse Simsbury, tying the Trojans 0-0, before losing a penalty kick shootout 3-1.

Adding to the Islanders’ accomplishment was that they played up a division throughout the tournament, against Under-14 competition, playing on a regulation pitch, and fielding the full contingent of 11 players for the first time. Vineyard coaches David Wallis and Richard Andre were justifiably proud of their squad’s play.

United started off the tournament with a 2-0 win over Commonwealth Soccer Club of Massachusetts. Jonathan Santana and Nick Andre scored. Nevin Wallis assisted. Ethan Mendez was stellar in goal and would remain so throughout the Cup.

Next up, was an opening round match with Simsbury. The Nutmegers scored four minutes into the match and held on against a determined Vineyard side for a 1-0 win.

The Islanders took down Newtown, another strong Connecticut team, in the semi-final, 3-1. Owen Hess, moving from fullback to mid-wing, notched a pair of goals. Jonathan Santana scored once, Theo Guerin assisted once.

Against Simsbury in the final, United gave no quarter against the older, favored Trojans. Only in the pressure cooker of the penalty kick shootout, did Simsbury’s experience and polish win out.

The Over the Hill gang

The Vineyard’s entry in the Over The Hill Soccer League improved its season record to 4 wins, 2 ties, 1 loss, Sunday, with a 5-2 defeat of Needham,

MV scorers were Skip Dostal (2), Jefferson Alveres (2) and Daniel Vignono.

Their next game is here, Sunday at 9:30 versus the only team ahead of them in the standings, Easton.

Vineyard girls felled by Spartans, Warriors

The Vineyard girls varsity soccer team lost to Bishop Stang, 3-0 in North Dartmouth, Tuesday.

Oct. 6, in Taunton, the girls played well, but failed to find the back of the net in a 2-0 loss to the Coyle and Cassidy Warriors. Junior Alayna Hutchinson’s play earned commendation from coach Richard Bennett.

Whalers visit for tripleheader

The Nantucket Whalers will travel to the Vineyard for a trio of high school games on Saturday.

Girls soccer and field hockey matches begin at 11:30 am, followed by the boys soccer match at 1:45 pm.

Sharks choose O’Malley

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks Future Collegiate baseball team has named a new manager to guide the club in the 2012 season: Mike O’Malley, Assistant Baseball Coach at Brown University.

Last year, he was General Manager of the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, who finished second in a tight race with the Nashua Silver Knights.

Previously, Coach O’Malley was Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Rhode Island, the same school at which he was captain of the baseball team in his senior year, and from which he graduated.

Berry wins honors

Andy Berry, Assistant Principal of the high school, is shown holding the coveted Frank Jewett trophy awarded to the Holmes Hole sailor who wins the most points in the Holmes Hole Sailing Association’s season-long racing series.

Skippering Isobar, his Cal 33, Andy Berry captured three firsts and placed second four times. He also placed in his division in the 3-day Vineyard Cup Regatta in July and was eighth to finish in the 40-boat Moffett race at season’s end.

Also, the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club presented him with the annual Maintenance trophy for customizing, turning an ordinary boat into a champion.

Grammar school track meets

Four dual interscholastic track meets have been held at the high school oval. Four more are scheduled before the final Quadrilateral meet ending the season.

On September 30, it was Oak Bluffs vs. Edgartown and Tisbury vs. West Tisbury. The Charter School also competed.

In the girls meet, West Tisbury topped Tisbury 38-25 and Oak Bluffs beat Edgartown 32-25.

On the boys side, West Tisbury was first (42 points), over Tisbury (27), and the Charter School (3).

Edgartown defeated Oak Bluffs 34.5 to 26.5.

The next week, October 7, the pairing was Edgartown vs. West Tisbury and Tisbury vs. Oak Bluffs.

Thus far, best efforts in the several girls events are:

Shot put: Emily Turney, WT, 31’6.5 ”

Discus: Emily Turney, WT, 79′

Long Jump: Livy Smith, WT, 12’5″

100 Meter Dash: Sam Hargy, Edg., 13:93

200 Meters: Nataljia Lakis, OB, 30:28

Hurdles: Livy Smith, WT, 13:21

Mile: Whitney Schroeder, WT 6:50.2

4×200 Relay, WT 6:50.2

Top boys performances are:

Shot Put: Lucas Dutton, WT, 22’8 ¾”

Discus: Chris Mayhew, WT, 45’2″

Long Jump: Chase Sylvia, WT 14”3″

100 Meter Sprint: Chase Sylvia, WT, 13:58

200 Meter Dash: Chris Mayhew. WT, 33:18

Hurdles: Chase Sylvia, WT, 13:58

Mile: Silas Berlin WT, 6:19:8

4×200 Relay: WT, 1:03.7


Thursday, at the Island Bridge Club tables, Charlie Harff and Bob Iadicicco took first place honors at East-West and were overall winners as well. Second at East-West were Duncan Walton and Foster Greene. Rich and Pamela Peia were third.

At North-South, Carol Whitmarsh and Sari Lipkin were best followed by (2) Gail Parrish and Patsy McCornack and (3) Anita Persson and Sue Collinson.

Eight tables were in play. The club meets at the Howes House in West Tisbury every Thursday at 6:45 pm.