Sports highlights

Interscholastic hoops

The West Tisbury girls almost let one get away against the Oak Bluffs Blazers on Dec. 21. The Hawks led by 12 points in the second half, but the Blazers roared back to tie the game 31-31 on a buzzer beater by sixth grader Molly deBettencourt. West Tisbury won in overtime, 37-35.

Molly led all scorers with 20 points. Kate Marchand added 13 more for OB. Whitney Schroeder had 11 points for West Tisbury.

The following afternoon the West Tisbury boys kept their perfect record intact with a 41-29 win over Oak Bluffs. The Blazers trailed by two at the break, but scored only eight points in the second half.

At mid-season of the Interscholastic Basketball League, the West Tisbury boys are undefeated and lead the league.

The Edgartown girls team also has yet to be defeated and enjoys the view from the top of the girls league.

Vineyard icemen freeze Panthers

The boys varsity hockey team won its third game against one defeat with a 3-1 win at Whitman-Hanson last Friday. Colby Gouldrup tallied twice and Brian Fraser scored once for the victors.

The Islanders close out 2011 with a home date Friday at 3:45 pm against the Nantucket Whalers and a road game against old rivals Sandwich at 5:30 pm on New Year’s Eve at the John Gallo Arena in Bourne.

Vineyard girls edged by Rams

The Vineyard girls hockey team traveled to Marshfield Wednesday for a matinée with the Rams. It was a close game between two evenly matched teams. Marshfield won the game 1-0 on a goal with 4:25 left in the final period. The Rams had 22 shots on goal to the Vineyard’s 18.

Bridgeables

Diana Dozier and Joan Perrine occupied the winning place of honor at the conclusion of the Island Bridge Club’s Duplicate Bridge games last Thursday at the Up Island Council on Aging Howes House, West Tisbury.

Carol Whitmarsh and Dotti Arnold came in second. Bob Iadicicco and Sue Collinson were third. Claudia Bowser and Judy Morse finished fourth.

Five tables were in play.

The ACBL-sanctioned Island Bridge Club duplicate competition is held every Thursday evening at the Howes House beginning at 7:00 pm.

Players needing partners are encouraged to telephone 508-693-2889 by noon on Wednesday for assistance. The playing fee is $5.00.

Darters wrap up 2011 season

On Thursday, December 15, Michael Lipinsky, Dana Rezendes, Prescott Walsh and Justin Lucas defeated Donny Welty’s team, 7-4 to claim the week’s glory and loot.

The next week, with help from sub T.R. Fullin, Lipinsky’s sharpshooters won a playoff match with Rene and Lisa Mathieu, Mike Silvia and Linda Wood.

Final Standings: (1) Rene and Lisa Mathieu, Mike Silvia and Linda Wood, 59. (2) Michael Lipinsky, Dana Rezendes, Prscott Walsh, and Justin Lucas, 49. (3) Gus Leaf, Rick Silva, Scott Corey, and Phil Packish, 46. (4) Donny Welty, Jeff “Bubba” Wray, Chris Townes, and Tom Della Rocco, 44.

The best Three-Dart-In was 92, hit by Donny Welty on December 15.

The best Three-Dart-Out was Dana Rezendes’ 110 on October 27.

Mike Silvia hit the only Ton-80 on October 27.

Sign up for the first half of the 2012 season. League play begins Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm at the PA Club.

Call Linda Wood at 508-939-8499, or the Club at 693-9875, or e-mail MVDartLeague@juno.com.

Long Distance success

With a 3-1 Eastern Athletic Conference record, the MV boys cross country team finished second in the conference to undefeated Bishop Feehan (4-0). Overall the Shamrocks were 6-0. The Vineyaders were 5-1.

But at the Conference finals at Borderland State Park, Easton, four of the top five Harriers were wearing purple and white.

Five of Bishop Feehan’s best were disqualified, leaving the top spots up for grab. Grabbing first was Jeremy Alley-Tarter. Second was Cooper Chapman. Then came Mike Schroeder and Kyle Joba-Woodruff. Sam Oslyn was the fifth member of the winning squad.

MV girls are 50/50 in the EAC

The MV girls cross country team won as many conference meets as they lost (2-2) as did Somerset/Berkley, as did Coyle Cassidy, leaving Bishop Feehan alone at the top of the heap (4-0) and Bishop Stang lonely at the bottom (0-4).

Kate helps BC reach the finals

Kate Mahoney and the Boston College Women’s Rugby team competed in the Collegiate Sevens National Championships at College Station (Texas A&M) December 15-16 and helped the Eagles reach the tournament finals.

It didn’t start especially promising with BC losing to Virginia early Friday, 5-0. But the Bostonians bounced back, and then some, with a 32-0 drubbing of Arizona State.

On Saturday, the Eagles eked out a win over California with two late tries, 14-12. Then, in the tournament’s semi finals, they avenged their earlier loss to Virginia, 5-0.

In the finals, Kate & Co. ran into a talented and tough Norwich squad and was outscored, 34-5.

Kate admits a certain disappointment in the final loss, but declares it was an “incredible experience, a lot of fun and an honor to play for the national title.”

Kate is the daughter of Al and Susan Mahoney of Oak Bluffs and a 2008 graduate of MV Regional High School.