Sports Highlights

MVRHS harriers Mike Schroeder, Cooper Chapman, and Kyle Joba-Woodruff were among 18 Vineyarders named as EAC all-stars. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

5K for KJ

One hundred twenty runners ran or walked the seventh annual 5K for KJ (Kevin Johnson) on the high school’s cross country course through the State Forest, Saturday.

The annual race raises funds for the track and field (and cross country) scholarship fund.

Finishing first, were three young men, all of whom are members of this year’s outstanding cross country team: Jeremy Alley-Tarter, 15, of Oak Bluffs, Michael Schroeder, 17, of West Tisbury, and Cooper Chapman, 16, of Chilmark. The three teammates tried their best to finish in a dead heat, holding hands for the final hundred yards, but race officials assigned places as indicated above with times of 17:37.57, 17:37.94 and 17:38.00.

The rest of the top ten finishers were (4) Ben Bosworth, 16, of Boston in 17:50, (5) Scott Bosworth, 47, of Boston, in 17:54; (6) Sam Oslyn, 16, of Oak Bluffs, in 18:17; (7) Michael Osborn, 18, of Vineyard Haven, in 19:26; (8) Jim Lanctot, 46, of Oak Bluffs, in 20:10; (9) Reann Steencamp, 44, of Vineyard Haven, in 20:14, and (10) Seth Harlow, 28, of Edgartown, in 20:18.

The first female to cross the finish line was 16 year-old Hannah Moore of Oak Bluffs. She was 17th at 21:54

The weather was delightful. Only the camaraderie was warmer.

Oak Bluffs marksman is Top Gun

Richard Carlson of Oak Bluffs won the MV Rod & Gun shotgun championship, Sunday, besting twenty-two other gunners by 16 points.

Shooters finishing second and third, were former top gunners Matt Gamache and Cooper Gilkes III.

Shooters had to score high in three categories in order to claim the coveted plaque. All competing shot gunners were able to sight their guns for the looming deer season. Many shooters took home hams donated by Cronig’s Market.

Black Powder Shoot

On Sunday, December 11, the Rod & Gun Club will hold its annual Black Powder Shoot, giving primitive-firearms owners an opportunity to ready themselves for the hunt.

Open to the public, both traditional and modern firearms may be used. Guns with scopes are permitted. Prizes will be awarded to both primitive and modern black powder gunners.

For the fourth year, the club will award a plaque and $100, the Bill Nicholson Award, donated by Bill’s longtime friend, Eddie Belisle.

The public is invited to enjoy this interesting and unique event. To learn more, call Dick Carlson, 508-693-0909.

EAC All Stars

MVRHS Athletic Director Mark McCarthy has announced that 18 Martha’s Vineyard High School student athletes were chosen for All Star honors in Fall sports by the Eastern Athletic Conference: cross country runners, Mike Schroeder, Jeremy Alley-Tarter, Cooper Chapman, Kyle Joba-Woodruff, and Hannah Moore; golfers, Mike deBettencourt and Chris Morris; field hockey players, Maggie Johnson and Meghan McHugh; football players, Delmont Araujo, Tyler Araujo, Michael Montanile and Conor Smith; boys soccer players, Jack Roberts, John Marcal, John Olivera, and Rodrigo Honorato; and girls soccer player Jessie Chandler.


For the second year in a row, the Vineyarders were nominated by the EAC for the District D Good Sportsmanship award, surely an honor to be appreciated. Old Rochester High School, however, was chosen to receive the District D award.

Generous curlers

Last weekend, at its eighth Curling for Charity event, the Cape Cod Curling Club raised $19,100 for Recovery Without Walls, which assists women re-entering the community after substance abuse treatment.

The Club trained more than 60 persons to participate in the event in 12 teams, none of whom had curled before. The winning team was the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station team.

Tennis encore

A professional tennis exhibition rematch will take place inside the bubble at Vineyard Youth Tennis, on Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 pm.

The rematch will feature VYT Executive Director Scott Smith playing with junior player Kent Leonard versus VYT Head Pro Michael Halisky and junior player Reid Yennie. Reid is the former number one player on the high school tennis team and Kent is the projected number one player for this year’s team.

Last year, Smith-Leonard defeated Halisky-Yennie 2-6, 7-6 (10-8).

A $5 donation is recommended with pizza and soft drinks served during the match. Parents and their children are encouraged to attend.

A one-sided tennis match

The Vineyard Tennis Center sent a team to the Falmouth Sports Center for a women’s team match last week and came away with a convincing win.

First up was the duo of Diane Morgan and Michelle Bettencourt versus Falmouth’s Anne Lucas and Sue Smith. The Islanders met the challenge in the first set and hit their stride in the second to win, 6-4, 6-2.

Cathy Lattanzi and Kelly Hess took on Falmouth’s Jayne Bullock and Lisa Garland and dominated, 6-2, 6-2.

Kim Averill and Beverly Mazza, pairing for the first time, had a back and forth match with Sally Hampton and Anne Monteiro. The off-Islanders won the first set 6-4, but the Vineyarders answered in the second, 6-3. Time ran out during the third set, with the score knotted, 2-2.

Paula Rego and Lynn Blake finished strong against Janet Vacom and Mary McCahill, 6-2, 6-4.

Connie McHugh played the only singles match against Carolyn Fournier. Connie won going away, 6-3, 6-1.

The Falmouth Sports Center ladies are nothing if not game. They have agreed to a repeat match, this time on Vineyard turf.

Super Bowls on tap

In case you missed it, Bourne defeated Bishop Feehan, 22-14, to qualify for the Division 3A Super Bowl versus Hamilton Wenham, conqueror of Newburyport, 7-0.

Nantucket meets Latin Academy in the Division 5 Super Bowl at Taunton High School, Saturday at noon.

Dennis Yarmouth and Waltham duel for the Dvision 2A trophy at Bentley College, Saturday, in Waltham.

Mashpee and Cardinal Spellman compete for the Division 4 crown at Gillette Stadium, Saturday at 8 pm.

Also at Gillette, Oliver Ames and Concord-Carlisle meet at 9 am for Division 3 honors; Duxbury and Tewksbury go at it at 3 pm to decide Division 2, and at the top of the heep, Needham takes on BC High at 6 pm while Everett and Lincoln Sudbury decide the Division 1 spoils.

Field hockey alums face-off

Twenty-one MV grads turned out for the second alumnae Field Hockey game at the high school field, last Saturday. The Purple team beat the White squad to earn the bragging rights.