Sports highlights


Track teams start season on right feet

The MVRHS track teams won the first meet of the season Tuesday in Abbington.

The Vineyard girls beat the Green Wave, 75-59. Maggie Riseborough hurled the discus 91′ 10″ and threw the shotput 35′ 6″ to qualify for the state meet. Maya Harcourt won the 110 hurdles and took second in the 400 hurdles. Kaija Nivala was also a standout for M.V. She finished second in the discus (77′ 0″) and shotput (28′ 7″ — a personal best) and placed third in the 110 hurdles.

The boys team scored a decisive 101-34 win. Rafael Maciel won the 400 hurdles (qualifying for the states), the 110 hurdles, and the triple jump in a standout performance.

Jeremy Alley-Tarter qualified for the states with a first place finish in the 800m. His time of 2:02 was 12 seconds ahead of the field.

Joseph Turney also qualified for the state meet by winning the javelin with a personal best throw of 152 feet.

Jacob Lawrence leaped to victory in the long jump and won the 100-meter dash.

Shamrocks edge Vineyard boys in lacrosse

The Vineyard varsity boys travelled to Attleboro Tuesday to take on Eastern Athletic Conference rivals Bishop Feehan.

The Vineyarders were down 9-4 and staged a furious rally before bowing 9-8. Colby Gouldrup was a standout for the Purple and White. Charlie Everett had a goal and four assists. Nelson Dickson was solid between the pipes with 16 saves. Conor Smith also had a strong game for M.V. (1-1, 0-1 EAC).

The Vineyarders opened the 2012 season March 31 with a 10-4 win at Pembroke. Nick Costello led the way with five goals. Charlie Everett scored three goals and added a pair of assists. Denver Maciel scored once with two assists. Tyler Paulson scored last to put M.V. in double digits.

Nelson Dickson made 12 saves to chalk up the win in net.

Islander Riley Dobel earns lacrosse award

Marywood University (Penn.) sophomore and MVRHS graduate Riley Dobel was voted Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) men’s lacrosse player of the week last week after a strong showing in a losing cause against 5th-ranked Amherst.

Dobel earned an assist against the Lord Jeffs on March 20, then scored two key goals in the Pacers’ 9-8 victory March 24 against Gwenedd-Mercy in the CSAC opener. Dobel had an assist and then netted both the tying and winning goals late in the 4th quarter as Marywood rallied to beat the host Griffins in the annual meeting between the league rivals.

Tennis champs

Reid Yennie of West Tisbury and Spencer Pinkney of Falmouth took first place with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the boys 18 year-old doubles final of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Brown Billone Tournament held at the Brown Billone Club in Easton on April 1.

In February, Yennie won the boys 18 singles title at Brown Billone with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Mitchell Silverman. Reid defeated Christopher Blanchard, 6-0, 6-1, in the semi-final.

VYT juniors to compete in Easton

Nine members of the Vineyard Youth Tennis Tournament Team will compete in a USTA-sanctioned event in Easton this weekend.

Coach Michael Halisky and several parents will be accompanying juniors Grant Pertile, Benny Binder, Zak Danz, Max Hammond, Kat Roberts, Victoria Scott, Lizzie Williamson, and Oliver Carson as they participate in the boys and girls 12- to 14-year-old and under age divisions.

Little League golf fundraiser

The Martha’s Vineyard Little League will hold a golf tournament and silent auction fundraiser at Farm Neck Golf Club on Tuesday, April 10.

Tee Time for the shotgun start is at 10 am. The cost is $125 per player, which is tax-deductible. Interested parties can register their own foursome or can be matched up with other players. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Prizes will be awarded for the winning team, the longest drive, and closest to the pin. Register online at or by contacting Kyle Fiore at 508-801-7888.

Interscholastic volleyball

The Tisbury Tigers finished the regular season on March 29 with a three sets to two win over Edgartown. The Tisbury jayvees also won, two sets to one.

The playoffs start April 5. Tisbury meets Oak Bluffs and Edgartown plays West Tisbury.

Youth lacrosse

The Vineyard boys Under-15 Shoremen opened the new season Sunday with a 14-6 win over Sandwich.