Sports highlights


Youth soccer

Seven Vineyard teams were in action over the weekend. The Under-15 boys rolled to another lopsided victory, 12-0, over host Bourne. The U-18 boys followed suit with a 10-0 win at Mariner of Fairhaven. The U-12 boys drew, 2-2, with Dighton-Rehoboth at Veterans Park. Fall River visited Vineyard Haven and doubled up the U-11 boys, 6-3.

On the girls side, the U-14’s won at Norton, 3-0, the U-12’s lost, 6-1, at home to Bourne, and the U-16’s fell at Dartmouth, 7-0.

Vineyard Youth Tennis

Three Vineyard Youth Tennis players, accompanied by coach Michael Halisky, won their respective flights in play last weekend at the Brown Billone Club in North Easton. Grant Pertile won the Boys 14 & under flight as did Lizzie Williamson in the girls 12 & under. Kat Roberts also won in the girls 12 & under and Benny Binder finished second in the boys 12 & under flight.

Table Tennis

Martha’s Vineyard Table Tennis Club (MVTTC) has been accepted as a member club of the national USA Table Tennis association. This is a first for the group, which has been playing on the Island for five years, and it gives the organization national recognition in the sport.

The MVTTC is interested in expanding interest in table tennis, especially for younger players, and introducing the game to players of all ages.

The group plays at the West Tisbury School today, April 12, at 6 pm. For more information, call 508-627-7902.

Youth hockey

The Vineyard’s Neponset Valley League team qualified for the playoffs and took part in a three-week tournament held at the CDL rink in Raynham.

On March 23, M.V. rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie Oliver Ames of North Easton, 4-4. The Vineyard got strong play from Emerson Mahoney, Josh Forend, Nick Vukota, and James Sashin.

The following Friday, March 30, the Islanders again overcame a 3-1 deficit and iced a 4-3 win over Mansfield on a power play goal in the final two minutes. The Vineyard ‘D’ held strong in the final seconds as the Hornets, playing with the extra attacker, buzzed around goalie Wyatt Jenkinson.

Emerson Mahoney had another stellar game. J.J. Mendez, Nainoa Cooperrider, Joe Davies, Anthony Jackson, Jonas Lukowitz, Nick Vukota, Mason Jeffers, and James Sashin all played well for M.V.In the final contest, April 6, the Vineyard team needed a win or a tie against the North Devils to reach the league finals.

The Vineyarders were unable to get ice time between games and turned in a rusty performance. The Devils took advantage and won, 5-0, putting an end to the seven-month Vineyard season.

Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey would like to recognize the dedication of all parents in watching the players continue their development.

MVYH would like to thank and congratulate all of the players and coaches Joe Merry, Mike Jackson, and Pete Jeffers for their tireless efforts to teach hockey teamwork and give young athletes the confidence to succeed.