Sports highlights


Hughes to sign letter of intent

Madison Hughes, a senior at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, will sign a national letter of intent, Monday at 10 am in front of the trophy case adjacent to the high school gym, to play division one girls lacrosse at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn.

Iced, but hot

The MV Youth Hockey Bantam State team defeated Tri-County at Taunton, Saturday, no contest, 13-0. The MV Bantams are defending State Champians.

Also Saturday, the MV Squirts edged Lower Cape at Orleans, 3-2. Goaltender Michael Metcalf earned plaudits for his efforts. Hoffie Hearn scored two goals. Defenseman Ian Trance scored the third and deciding goal.

On Sunday, the MV Youth Hockey PeeWees played a strong game with the Lower Cape Coyotes at Orleans, a game which ended in a 4-4 tie. Coach Pizzano reports that the team showed marked improvement, working hard following last Saturday’s loss to Nantucket.

Colin Buckley scored twice. Justin Alexander also scored, so did Roy Gunderson. Shay Sullivan assisted as did new team member, Julie. Zach Fullin provided his usual stellar performance in goal.

Also Sunday, at the Arena, the MV Squirt State A team outskated YD (Yarmouth Dennis), 8-3.

Again, on Sunday, the MV Squirt “A” Playdown team beat the YD “A” team at the MV Arena, 8-3. The Islanders broke open a 2-2 game with four goals in the second period. Hunter Ponte was high scorer with 4 goals. Hunter Meader had two and both Cabot Thurber and Ian Trance scored. Jackson Pachico and Logan Araujo had two assists apiece.

Michael Metcalf was stellar in goal.

MV plays the winner of the Falmouth vs. SWS game in the next round of the state Playdown tourney. Beside those mentioned above the team is: Aiden Araujo, Aiden Marek, Hoffie Hearn, Pete Gillis, Zach Vukota, Gino Chick, and Joe Serpa.

Skating clinic

The MV Arena, in collaboration with a grant from the Rocksprings Foundation will offer a free skating clinic to beginner children who want to learn to skate or play hockey.

The program will be offered on Nov. 18 from 3:45 to 4:45 pm for children 10 to 13 years old and on Nov. 20 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm for youngsters 7 to 9 years old.

Instructors are all professionally trained by either the Professional Skaters Association or by USA Hockey. Skates and helmets will be provided at no cost. The Arena encourages all to take advantage of this program and is grateful to Rocksprings for its support. Please remember to dress warmly; bring gloves or mittens.

Call Beth O’Connor with questions: 774-521-9870.

MV is second over the hill

The Vineyard Football Club Masters (over 40 years) soccer team, the MV entry in the Over-the-Hill Soccer League Masters Division 6 South, finished the season in second place after soundly defeating FC Franklin, Sunday, 6-1.

MV scorers were Skip Dostal (2), Edilson “Pasan” Costa, “Buick” De Oliveira, Joelcio “Cebola” Alveres, and Salvador “Romario” Nobre.

Finshing in first place was the team from Easton.

The League resumes play in April for the spring season.

Of turkeys and tennis

The 13th Turkey Open will be held at the Vineyard Tennis Center, Workout and Spa, Friday to Sunday, Nov. 11,12, and 13. Tourneys will include Mixed Doubles (help for finding partners is offered). All levels and Juniors are best of three sets, with a super tie breaker 3rd set, if necessary. All are guaranteed two matches .

Registration fee is $60 for adults, $50 for Juniors.

All proceeds to go to Doctors Without Borders. Reserve your spot by Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Email or call 508-696-8000.

VYT off to Rhodie

Vineyard Youth Tennis will enter ten players in a tournament at Riverside, Rhode Island. The players are all members of the VYT Tournament Team and are required to play a specified number of USTA tournaments as well as participate in the challenge ladders.

Players that will attend with coach Michael Halisky and executive director Scott Smith are: Max Hammond, Cana Courtney, Lizzie Williamson, Kiric Hallahan, Kat Roberts, Grant Perile, Zak Danz, Bennie Binder, Kelly Klaren, and Aidan Aliberti.

Tops at table tennis

Two Vineyard table tennis players brought home tournament trophies won at the MIT Fall Open in Cambridge, Sunday, Nov. 6.

Alina Wen of Edgartown won four matches, each 3 of 5 games, to finish first in the women’s singles division. She won the final, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5.

Vineyard Haven’s Rod Backus took three of four matches to qualify for the elimination round in the Under 1100 division. He then finished with wins in three playoff matches to claim the championship. He won the final match: 13-11, 11-6, 11-9.

More than 100 competitors faced off at MIT’s duPont Gymnasium.

Both Alina Wen and Rod Backus are members of MV Table Tennis, which meets Saturdays and Sundays at the Y and Tuesdays and Thursdays at the West Tisbury School.

Call 508-627-7902 with questions.

Jim Turner goes for the gold

Jim Turner of West Tisbury and California, winner of last summer’s Vineyard Croquet Tournament in Edgartown, is competing in the USCA National Croquet Championship games at the Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California. Go Jim!

Howes to play Bridge

Carol Whitmarsh and Dotti Arnold were overall winners and best North South at the Island Bridge Club tables in the Howes House, Thursday.

Other North-South players were Anita Persson and Foster Greene who were second, and Joan Perrine and Diane “Dinny” Dozier who showed third.

At East-West the best numbers belonged to Dan and Nancy Cabot, followed by (2) Richard Williams and Robert Fokos and (3) Colleen Morris and Tillie Foster.

Seven and a half tables were in play.