Sports Highlights


Traveling First Class

The 8th grade girls travel basketball team tackled a tough Harwich squad at Harwich, Saturday, and came away with an impressive 43-38 win.

The Roughriders dominated the first half and reached the mid-way break with a ten-point lead,

But the Islanders adopted an aggressive man-to-man full court press which stymied Harwich. Whitney Schroeder efficiently cooled Harwich’s hottest hand. With less than two minutes remaining, Kaitlyn Marchand’s jumper tied the score and the Islanders sprinted to the finish line to win, 43-38.

Sam Hargy and Erin Hill shared scoring honors, each with 11. Erin collected 10 rebounds. Both Mya Houston and Kaitlyn Marchand had 8 boards.

Sunday, the Travelers were at Bourne Middle School. At the mid-game break the Islanders had earned an eight-point advantage.

In the second half, the ladies from the Canal would get as close as five, but no closer. Final score; Vineyard 48, Boune 36.

Again, Whitney Schroeder earned kudos for her efforts on defense, as did Sam Hargy, who blocked at least five shots and collected eight rebounds. Erin Hill led the parade to the hoop with 15 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Schroeder’s 12 points, including the final two free throws, and 10 rebounds. Julia Bettencourt also hit a key shot.

The M.V. eighth grade travel team has won five and lost two in the Cape League.

This Saturday, January 14, the team takes on Falmouth in the O.B. gym at 10:20 am and then plays Barnstable at 1:50 pm.

Sixth graders lose, win

The M.V. sixth grade travel basketball team lost to Sandwich, Saturday morning, at the Oak Bluffs School, 24-11. Devin Hill scored four of the Vineyard points. Meghan Sawyer sank a three-pointer. The Islanders played well on defense but could not mount an effective offense against the league-leading undefeated Blue Knights.

Saturday afternoon the girls hosted Nauset and treated them to a 31-20 shellacking. High scorers were Devin Hill (13) and Meghan Sawyer (8).

Yennie wins the Manchester

Reid Yennie of West Tisbury won the Boys 18 singles tennis tournament, January 7 and 8, at the Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester.

On Saturday, in the quarterfinals, Reid defeated Ross Kenney of Hampton Falls, N.H,, 6-0, 6-1. Sunday, he bested W. Riley of Swansea, 6-3, 6-2. In the final match Reid topped Michael Beluch of Lynn, 6-2, 7-6.

The win is expected to improve Reid’s ranking in New England to 78 in the Boys 18 Division. Reid trains at Vineyard Youth Tennis.

Vineyard Women top Falmouth tennis team

The Vineyard Tennis Center was well represented in a Ladies Doubles match with the Falmouth Sports Center on Monday, January 9. The Islanders took the match, 3-1.

Sue Peltier and Cathy Lattanzi led off against Jayne Bullock and Margi Ford. The Vineyarders stood above their opponents with consistent ground strokes. Their effective first serves and returns sealed the match, 7-5, 6-2.

Michele Bettencourt and Diane Morgan were the second team. They beat Sally Hampton and Cynthia Kelly, 6-4, 6-1.

Debra Rosenthal and Doreen Rezendes endured the longest match, challenged by a team that had a collegiate player. The M.V. team won the second set, but still bowed to Donna Manes and Elizabeth Kelly, 2-6, 6-4, 1-6.

Beverly Mazza and Susan Johnson rounded out the M.V. squad. They won, 6-4, 6-3.

The Vineyard Tennis Center will host men and women from the Falmouth Sports Center on Saturday, January 28, for doubles matches throughout the day.

Lacrosse clinics

Any boys planning to play Under 11 lacrosse (3rd and 4th grades) or Under 13 lacrosse (5th and 6th grades) are invited to the Boys & Girls Club for some pre-season drills and clinics.

The sessions are designed to help the players learn and practice necessary skills before actual practice begins in March.

Call Greg Rollins, 508-627-7262, with questions.

Bridge Covered

At the Island Bridge Club competition last Thursday, January 5, Ency and Robert Focos beat all. Gail Farrish and Patsy McCornack came in second.

David Donald and Rich Colter took third and the John O’Keefe-Marian Goldsmith team was fourth.

Six and a half tables were in play at the Howes House in West Tisbury.

Eleven players attended the Keohane Individual Regional Tournament in Newton. Stars in the Swiss teams competition were David Donald and Barbara Besse.

Peewees win, Mites fall

At Fall River’s Driscol Arena, Saturday, the M.V. Peewees shut out SWS, 2-0, on goals by Jack Murray and Shay Sullivan. Cathal Robinson was the shut-out goalie.

At the M.V. Arena, the M.V. Mites came close scoring two goals in the final period but fell just short of equaling the Nantucket Nor’easters’ three goals.

In the second of the day’s double-header, the Vineyarders were tromped, 9-0. To date, the Nor’easters are undefeated.

M.V. gets another chance to catch Nantucket next weekend.