Sports highlights


Vineyarders Raided at Somerset

There are those who cannot remember when the Vineyard had last scored a touchdown against Somerset, now called Somerset/Berkley. It happened, in fact, in 2008.

Saturday, on a field so windswept that kicks and punts and passes threatened to boomerang, the Islanders scored three TDs, but lost a squeaker, 21-20

The Raiders dominated in the first half moving the ball inexorably and scoring twice. The SB defense was equally impressive, holding the Islanders to a grand total of 48 yards on 15 plays.

At the break, the score was 14-0.

But the second half was the Vineyard’s. Delmont Araujo, who shared quarterback duties with Alec Tattersall, scored all three TDs for the Purple. Mike Cutrer’s toe provided two extra points. The second MV TD followed a Raider fumble covered by Spencer Booker on the MV 30.

With little time remaining and the Vineyard trailing by one point, 21-20, Coach Herman made the gutsy call to go for a two point conversion and the win, rather than a third extra point kick to tie. The attempt was ruled to be six inches short and Somerset/Berkley ran out the clock.

The Vineyarders lost the ball game, but they were not second in intestinal fortitude.

Flags fly in Edgartown

Wind or no wind, wet grounds or dry, the Boys & Girls Club Flag Football League teams went at it last Saturday at Nunes Field.

The Sharks sank the Islanders, 18-8. The Rock stood fast against the Volunteers, 20-6. The Blue Claws repulsed the Anglers, also 20-6.

The Sharks and Blue Claws are unbeaten at 2-0 on the young season. The Rock and the Anglers are 1-1. Yet to win at 0-2, are the Volunteers and the Islanders.

Harriers at Brown

The MVRHS cross country teams ran in the Brown University Northeast Championships last weekend. The boys varsity finished fifth of 29 teams, with Mike Schroeder leading the pack and finishing 13th, followed by Jeremy Alley-Tarter, Kyle Joba-Woodruff, Sam Oslyn, Job deForest and James Roddy.

The girls varsity was 8th of 30 teams. Hannah Moore was 33rd. Then came Lilly Neville, Willoe Maynard, Shivonne Schofield, Eva Balboni, Lucy Norris and Maya Harcourt.

The JV boys were 6th of 18 teams. Thorpe Karabees led. He was 18th. Also running were: Warren Gowell, Isaiah Maynard, Geoge Sykes, Galen Mayhew, Carlos Guzman, Chris Serpa and Lucas Amarins.

Three JV girls ran: Shelby Ferry, Carter D’Angelo and Sarah Dawson.

Freshmen Andrew Wiley, Tully McDonough, Kevin Montambault, Julia Neville and Katherine Reid also competed.

One up, one down for field hockey team

The MV High School field hockey team lost its fifth game in eight starts to Bishop Stang, Tuesday, 3-0.

The Islanders defeated hosts Westport 2-0 last Thursday. Meghan MuHugh scored both goals. The Vineyarders, (4-7-3), host Barnstable (8-4-2) today, Thursday, for a 3:00 pm game.

Clippers too much for the Vineyarders

The MV high school golf team lost its match with links powerhouse Falmouth, Thursday, at the Falmouth Country Club, 254 – 263.

The Clippers’ Sean Dugas had the medalist round of 39 on the par 37 course.

Mike deBettencourt’s 41 was low for the Islanders. Other scorers were Justin Smith 43 and Chris Morris 44. Cal Fiore, Brendan Maseda, and Mike Piland all carded 45.

The Islanders are 10-8 on the season, 7-5 in the EAC.

It was Falmouth’s 11th win of 15 meets.

The previous day, at Farm Neck, the Islanders won every match with Chatham. At first flight, it was Mike deBettencourt and Chris Morris taking the gold. In the second flight, Kat deBettencout and Cal Fiore did as well.

Justin Smith and Matt Marchand cleaned up taking the third flight.

Seventh Birdies for Baseball

The seventh annual Birdies for Baseball Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, October 22, beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 am at Mink Meadows.

Admission price is $90 per player.

A Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided and there will be “great prizes for a great cause”, The Vineyard Baseball Scholarship and Field Improvement Fund.

Register by calling Mink Meadows Golf Club at 508 693-0600.

Sponsorships are available

With questions, call 508 989 8154.

Interscholastic Track & Field

For the second time this fall, the interscholastic track meet was canceled by rain last Friday. The teams will meet tomorrow, Friday, October 21, at the high school oval, in the final Pentagonal Meet to determine which school is this year’s champion.

Sailors hoist anchors

The MVRHS Sailing team finished 12th in a field of 21 at the Larry White Regatta at the Coast Guard Academy, October 15 -16. Vineyard sailors were Jesse Thomas, Raz Sayre, Anna Flaherty, Tyler Shapiro, Riley Donegan, Jake Sudarsky, and Zana Van Rooyen. Sailing Coach Andrew Burr was pleased with his team’s showing.

Vineyarder shows on Nantucket

While 190 road runners were chasing Chris McGill of Cumberland, R.I., in the annual O.B. Columbus Day 5K, Sunday, October 9, Lee Greathaven of West Tisbury was following Louis Adamson of Louisville, Ky. and Jules Embry-Pelrine of Nantucket in the annual Nantucket Half Marathon. Lee finished third of the 157 runners, completing the run in 1:27:01. The winning time was 1:25:25.

Reid Yennie takes the Cedardale title

Last Sunday, October 16, Reid Yennie of West Tisbury won the Cedardale 18 and Under singles tennis tournament at Haverhill.

Yennie defeated the top seed, Austin Bendetsen of Andover, 10-7 in a super tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets, 4-6, 6-3.

Saturday, Reid defeated Jacob Criss of Winchester, 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 16. Then, he got by Dillon George of Holden, 6-7, 6-2, 10-7 in the Quarterfinals.

In the Sunday Semifinals, he bested Chase Rosa of North Hampton, N.H., 6-3, 6-1.

Austin Bendetsen is currently ranked 56 in New England in the 18 and Under class.

Reid Yennie trains at Vineyard Youth Tennis and has been the number one singles player on the MVRHS tennis team for the past two years.

Tennis Center and Workout Anniversary

This Saturday, October 22, the Workout and Vineyard Tennis Center will celebrate its 15th anniversary with special guest speaker Stephen Esser, USPTA MD Physical Medicine and Rhabilitation .

The event is free and open to the public.

“Get on court with the tennis pro/physicians best double drills, followed by a lecture on keeping the active adult body injury free.”

Register at or call 508-693-8000.

It’s Bubble Time

Vineyard Youth Tennis plans to raise its bubble on Saturday. Volunteers to help with the task are needed from 9 to 1:30 am. A pair of gloves is the uniform of the day.

Please call 693-7762 to sign on as a volunteer.

Bridging the flood

Barbara Besse and David Donald were tops at East-West and best overall last Thursday at the Island Bridge Club tables, Howes House, West Tisbury.

Bea Phear and Cecily Greenaway were second, Gail Farrish and Patsy McCornack were third.

Best at North-South were Dotti Arnold and Cheryl Neal, followed by (2) Ency and Robert Fokos and (3) Eric Stricoff and Rhonda Cohen.

Seven tables were in play.