Sports Highlights


Winter sports all-stars

Ten Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School athletes were named all-stars on Monday in the wake of the most successful winter sports season in school history: all four varsity teams made the state tournament.

The Eastern Athletic Conference voted senior Peter Keaney, junior Izak Browne, and junior Jack Roberts all-stars in boys basketball; junior Jenny Lindland in girls basketball; and senior Colby Gouldrup, senior Tyler Araujo, and sophomore Tyson Araujo in boys hockey.

The South Eastern Massachusetts Girls Hockey League voted seniors Celia Mercier and Maggie Johnson all-stars.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association named Vineyard boys hockey co-captain Nelson Dickson as League Sportsman.

Youth hockey

Last weekend the MV Bantam A team played teams from New Jersey, New York, and Maine at the New England sports center in Marlboro. Martha’s Vineyard finished 1-1-1, one goal shy of making the playoffs.

Friday, at Raynham, the Vineyard Neponset Valley League team won 2-1 against Attleboro.

M.V. clocked up another win Sunday against Bridgewater, 4-0. Emerson Mahoney led the Island offense with a hat trick. Joe Davies l the other Vineyard goal. Tristan Araujo and Steven Brown were defensive standouts. Wyatt Jenkinson earned the shutout in goal.

This weekend at the MV Arena, the Bantam A team will play three games in preparation for the state tournament on St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Waltham.

The Vineyard House Mites also skate at the arena this weekend in the Red Kennedy tournament. The action gets underway Friday at 5 pm and concludes Sunday morning.

Little League registration

Hope springs eternal, and baseball season is here.Martha’s Vineyard Little League registration is open for all levels, including: Tee Ball, ages 4-6; Farm League, ages 6-8; Little League Minors, ages 7-11; Little League Majors, ages 9-12; and Junior League, ages 13-15 at

Walk-in registration for all levels and tryouts for Little League Majors will be held in the MVRHS gym Saturday, March 10, from 10 am to 2 pm and on Saturday, March 17, from 1 to 4 pm.

Halisky receives certification

Vineyard Youth Tennis head professional Michael Halisky received his certification as a Pat Etcheberry trainer after completing an extensive three-day course focusing on fitness, conditioning, and movement.

Mr. Halisky plans to implement many of the fitness routines with the VYT tournament and high school players.

Pat Etcheberry has coached top tennis pros Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Justine Henin, and many other players.

Top Kat

Kat Roberts of Oak Bluffs won the annual Pros Award Monday at Vineyard Youth Tennis. She will receive a complementary week this summer at the Adidas Tennis Camp.

Kat won the award due to her hard work on the court, good sportsmanship, love for the game, and for meeting all of the necessary requirements such as challenge ladder matches and United States Tennis Association (USTA) match play.

Past winners of the award were: Samantha Potter, Kent Leonard, Justice Yennie, and Reid Yennie.

VYT also recognized Spencer Pogue, Max Potter, and Victoria Scott, all of whom were promoted to the Tournament Team.

Summer attractions: the 22nd Oar and Paddle

Have your kayaks, canoes and rowboats ready and join the Martha’s Vineyard Oar & Paddle 22nd Annual Regatta for its two-mile competition on Sunday, August 26. The event is sponsored by Island Spirit Kayak.

Registration begins at 8:30 am at the Little Bridge, Sengekontacket Pond in Oak Bluffs. The entry fee is $25.

The race will start at 10 am. Entrants with dogs are welcome and will compete in their own category.

Bring a picnic for the post-race gathering, entertainment, and awards ceremony. Grill, hot dogs, drinks, ice, and tee-shirts will be provided with the entry fee.

All proceeds are donated to the Friends of Sengekontacket. For additional information, contact Chick at Island Spirit Kayak (508) 693-9727.