Sports highlights


High school pucks, hoops start for keeps

High school winter sports begin for real this week.

In varsity action, the boys ice hockey team is host to Old Rochester, Saturday, at 5 pm.

They skate at Franklin the following Wednesday at 5 pm.

The girls ice hockey season also kicks off on Saturday, at 1 pm, against Brookline at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena. Dec 17, they are home to Quincy/North Quincy at 1 pm.

The girls basketball team opens at Sabis International Charter School, Saturday at 1 pm. MV plays Sandwich, Tuesday at 3:30 pm. Their first home game is with Sandwich on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5 pm.

The boys hoops team travels to Sandwich on Tuesday and hosts the same Blue Knights at the Sancy on Dec. 17 at 6:30 pm.

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Jayvee and Frosh openers

The jayvee boys hockey team hosts Franklin, tomorrow at 6 pm.

The jayvee girls team skates against Needham at the MV Arena, Sunday at 1 pm.

The jayvee girls hoops team takes to the court against Nauset, in North Eastham, on Dec. 20 at 3:30pm. MV hosts the Nantucket Whalers on Dec. 30., at a time to be announced. The girls originally scheduled home opener, Saturday, against La Salle Academy of Providence, has been cancelled.

The jayvee boys begin playing roundball on Dec. 19 at Cape Cod Academy and must wait until 2012 to play their first home game — a Jan. 7 date with Bishop Feehan.

The Vineyard freshman boys hoopsters host Mashpee this Saturday, at 3 pm, at the high school.

New tennis match date

The repeat tennis match pitting Vineyard Tennis Center Executive Director Scott Smith and Kent Leonard versus VYT Head Pro Michael Halisky and Reid Yennie, originally scheduled for December 7, will be played instead on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:30 pm, in the Vineyard Youth Tennis “Bubble.”. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

A $5.00 donation is suggested with pizza and soft drinks served during the exhibition.

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

VYT tourney standings

Over the past few years, the Vineyard Tennis Center has been grooming some Island youngsters to play USTA tournaments. Each player is required to play a certain number of tournaments. Most attend off-Island tourneys on their own, but VYT also sponsors some, assisting those who have difficulty making it on their own.

Listed below are members of the Tournament team with their New England rankings.

Kelly Klaren, 14th in Girls 10; Samantha Potter, in the top thirties of Girls 16; Reid Yennie, 110th in Boys 18; Patrick McCarthy, 228th in Boys 16; Justice Yennie, 189th, in Boys 16; Molly deBettencourt, 57th in Girls 12; Lizzie Williamson, 63rd in Girls 12; Kat Roberts, 46th in Girls 12.

Grant Pertile, 60th in boys 12; Kiric Hallahan, 227th in Boys 12; Aiden Aliberti, 198th in Boys 14; Benny Binder, 199th in Boys 12; Cana Courtney, 124th in Girls 14; Max Hammond, 348th in Boys 14; and Zak Danz, 113th in Boys 12.

Sam moves up

Samantha Potter, 14, of Oak Bluffs entered the Rhode Island Championships tournament, at Riverside, R.I., this past weekend and made it to the finals in the 16-and-under category, before losing to top-seeded Isabella Stone of Concord, Mass., an opponent Samantha had beaten twice before.

Her second place finish moved her into the top thirties of the New England rankings.

Travel basketball fortunes

Franklin felled

The seventh grade MV boys basketball team hosted Franklin at the Oak Bluffs school, Sunday, and treated the young Panthers to a 40-26 lickin’.

Ennis Foster led Vineyard scorers with 12 points. Cole Houston added 10 and Dylan Araujo chipped in six.

The win evens the Islanders record at 1-1. MV had previously lost to Rochester in the season opener.

Sandwich sliced

The eighth grade girls travel basketball squad took on Sandwich at the O.B. Gym and ran up a 10-2 lead in the early going, but the visitors rallied to within 13-11 by halftime.

The second half started like the first. The Island girls ran up a ten-point lead, 23-13. The Knights never gave up and came within four at 29-25, but the Vineyarders pulled away to a 34-27 finish.

Erin Hill paced the Vineyard attack with 11 points. Mya Houston added nine points and snatched five steals. Sam Hargy contributed seven rebounds.

The girls play Nauset at the High School’s Sancy Pachico Gym, Saturday at 10:30 am.

Bourne to win

The sixth grade girls travel team invaded Bourne, Saturday, and returned with a 23-17 win. Kat Roberts had the game high 9 points and snagged four rebounds. Devin Hill contributed seven points and also grabbed four off the boards.

The girls followed up with a 24-10 victory over Rochester. Kat Roberts again led the race to the rim and scored a dozen points. Devin Hill had six points and six rebounds.

On Saturday, November 10, the girls are home to Falmouth at the West Tisbury school.

Youth hockey action

On Saturday, at New Bedford’s Hetland Arena, the MV Squirt One team lost its game to unbeaten Hetland, 4-1. Logan Araujo and Ian Trance presented a strong defense and Ian scored the MV goal.

Will Brugiere filled in admirably as goalie.

Sunday, at the home arena, the MV PeeWees defeated the Waves, 4-3.

Peewee goals were scored by Jacob Gundersen, Colin Buckley, and Justin Alexander. Kylie Hatt assisted. The fourth and winning goal was by Jacob Gundersen, assisted by Justin Alexander.

The MV Mites played a double header in Orleans with the Lower Cape Cod Mites.

The first game was a 1-1 tie. The second was a run away for the Cape team, 9-0.

MVRHS swimmers pool it

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School swim club has its first regular season meet, today, at 3:30 pm, in the YMCA pool, against Sacred Heart of Kingston.

The MV girls will host Pope John Paul II of Hyannis on Tuesday at 3:30.

Black Powder Shoot Sunday

The M.V. Rod and Gun Club’s 12th annual Black Powder Championship shoot off will be held at the Rod and Gun Club, located off of Third Street in Edgartown, this Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Prizes will be awarded to shooters of both traditional and modern muzzleloaders. Scopes are permitted. Competition includes loading, firing, and reloading. A Black Powder Championship trophy will be awarded to the winner and his name will be engraved on the Black Powder perpetual plaque.

Competitors will also vie for hams donated by Cronig’s Markets.

The public is cordially invited.

For more information call Steve Jordan, 508-627-9500 or Dick Carlson, 508-939-0909.

Bridge honors

Barbara Besse and partner Sue Collinson took first place at the Thursday, December 1, Island Bridge Club competition.

Gail Farrish and Patsy McCornack were second and Robert and Ency Fokos were third. David Donald and Rich Colter finished fourth.

Five tables were in play.

The announcement that Island Bridge Club members, Ed Russell, Eric Stricoff, Bea Phear, Sue Collinson, Gail Farrish and Carol Whitmarsh, had passed the American Contract Bridge League examination and are now certified game directors, was greeted with enthusiastic applause.

Sharks to play an Army-Navy game

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks baseball team has announced that it will host a game with the U.S. Military All Stars at the Vineyard Baseball Park on Sunday, June 10, at 5 pm.

The exhibition game is part of the All Stars “Red, White and Blue Tour” of America.

The Military All Stars have created a network of 32 baseball teams worldwide, with more than 21,500 active duty and reserve personnel participating, including some former professional players. The players compete while off-duty and cover their own expenses, according to a press release.

The Sharks have also announced the signing of their 2011 All Star closer, Ryan Morris, of Presbyterian College, in Clinton, S.C. Last summer, Morris led the league with nine saves and posted a glowing 1.62 ERA.

For more information on the Sharks, the Vineyard’s summer, wood-bat, collegiate baseball team, go to

MV Horse Council awards

The M.V. Horse Council presented the following awards on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Ag Hall.

Hunter Division

Leadline Champion: Annabelle Biggs; Reserve Champion: GG DeBlaise.

Walk Trot Champion: Tyler Vages; Reserve Champion: Imogen Taylor.

Walk Trot Canter Champion: Kazara Aldeborgh; Reserve Champion: Isabelle Littlefield

Open Equitation under 15 Champion: Katelyn Weber; Reserve Champion: Sydney Jasny.

Special Hunter Champion: Woodland Forte Night; Reserve Champion: Lil Miss Gold.

Pleasure Pony Champion: Farnley Highly Likely; Reserve Champion: Rock Steady.

Pony Hunter Champion: Jumpin’ Jack Flash; Reserve Champion: Tonka Toy.

Novice Champion: Ella Jernagan; Reserve Champion: Lila Norris.

Maiden Champion: Maddy Alley; Reserve Champion: Ella Jernagan.

Pleasure Horse Champion: Chance; Reserve Champion: Bullet Proof.

Dressage Division


Sr. Champion: Mary Ann Brock on MV Knickerbocker 69.25%.

Senior Reserve Champion: Jill Lane on Mercury 61.67%.

Training 1 & 2

Sr. Champion: Stephanie Dreyer on Sweet Poco Caballero 68.02%.

Sr. Reserve Champion: Victoria Surr on FR Freedom First 62.33%.

Jr. Champion: Caroline Hermann on Speak Softly 63.39%.

Sr. High Point: Stephanie Dreyer on Sweet Poco Caballero 72.91%.

Jr. High Point: Caroline Hermann on Speak Softly 64.64%.

Fisher Memorial Award: MV Savings Bank WT Division

Leadership Award: John Mancuso.

Marjorie Manter Award: Jackie Hermann.