MVRHS sports highlights

Hailee McCarthy slid into home in a cloud of dust. Unfortunately, she was out. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Boys tennis

Coach Ned Fennessy’s squad kept on rolling last week, with victories over Sandwich and Eastern Athletic Conference rivals Bishop Feehan and Bishop Stang. With the two EAC wins, M.V. have defeated all four of its league rivals once on the way to a 7-0 overall record.

Monday, at MVRHS, the boys defeated Sandwich, 5-0. The closest match was in second doubles, where Coach Fennessy gave Austin Stephenson and Michael Piland some varsity experience. The duo did not disappoint and won a hard-earned 6-3, 7-5 match over David Evans and Ben Clabault.

In the other matches: Kent Leonard won at first singles, 6-1, 6-4, over Matt Martin, Patrick McCarthy beat Jamie Bryant in second singles, 6-2, 6-1, Justice Yennie downed Christian Rossoman, 6-1, 6-1, in third singles, and Natty Schneider and Jackson McBride bested Peter Alarenga and Clayton Maul, 6-1, 6-0, in first doubles.

On April 26, the Vineyarders blanked a formidable Feehan team, 4-0, in Attleboro.

Kent Leonard won at first singles, 6-3, 6-1, over Matt Boland. Justice Yennie toughed out a 6-4, 6-4 win over Josh Loew in the third singles match.

Natty Schneider and Jackson McBride won at first doubles, 6-1, 6-1, over Luke Johnson and Dean Verezillo.

In second doubles, Ryan Sawyer and Justin Smith beat Jack Laniff and Brendan Scanlan, 6-0, 6-4.

The last match in progress, the second singles tilt between Patrick McCarthy and Matt Ustas, finished incomplete due to rain.

On April 25 at MVRHS, the Vineyarders completely dominated Bishop Stang, 5-0. So dominant were they, that the Purple and White won 60 of the 65 games played in the five matches.

Ryan Sawyer and Justin Smith moved up to first doubles and put up double bagels over Ryan Leung and Max Kearns.

Michael Piland and Sean McAndrew stepped up and won at second doubles, 6-1, 6-1, over Mengchen Zhu and Troy Ferreire.

In singles, Coach Fennessy gave first doubles regular Natty Schneider some experience playing the singles game. Natty came through with flying colors in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kevin Carroll. Kent Leonard beat Matt Dembrowski, 6-1, 6-0, at first singles, and Justice Yennie won at third singles, 6-0, 6-1, over Austin Reiff.

Girls tennis

The girls matched the boys and improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the EAC with three wins of their own.

The Vineyarders traveled to Sandwich Monday and conquered the Blue Knights, 4-1.

Samantha Potter, Annie Burton, and Dylan Brockmeyer all won comfortably in straight sets. Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney prevailed, 6-2, 6-4, in first doubles. Sandwich got a point with a 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 (tiebreaker) win in second doubles over Wendy Wen and Josie Iadicicco.

M.V.’s Charlotte Potter and Diamond Araujo played two jayvee doubles matches and split, 6-7, 7-6.

The toughest match of the week, if not the season to date, proved to be with Bishop Feehan on April 26 at MVRHS. The Shamrocks gave Connie McHugh’s team all they could handle, but M.V. won, 3-2.

Samantha Potter got the day off to a good start with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Allie Chabot at first singles. Annie Burton beat Jacqui Hardenburgh in second singles, 6-1, 6-0. The Shamrocks got on the board after Kayla Anghinetti outlasted Wendy Wen, 6-4, 6-4, at third singles.

Both doubles matches were hotly contested. After a 6-1 win in set one, Feehan’s Katie McCourt and Becky Laliberte toughed out a 7-6 win in the second set to beat Dylan Brockmeyer and Alyssa Adler in first doubles.

With the contest deadlocked at 2-2, it was up to second doubles duo Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney to bring home a Vineyard win and they did just that, winning, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, over Karly Laliberte and Cara Lavallee.

On April 25, the Vineyarders played in North Dartmouth, where they downed the Bishop Stang Spartans, 5-0.


The Vineyarders suffered a tough 3-0 loss Sunday to league rival Barnstable in Hyannis.

A win over the Red Raiders would have likely clinched a wild card playoff berth for M.V.

The Vineyard sailors had their chances, especially in the second and third races. The Purple led on both occasions, only to see Barnstable ultimately win.

In the second race, M.V. held the 2-3-5 positions, but could not separate from the last place Barnstable boat far enough, allowing the Red Raiders to catch up and take the win.

By the start of the third race, the wind, which began as a whisper at the start of the match, had started to wreak havoc with Vineyard fortunes.

M.V. held the 1-3 spots approaching the lee mark, but a northwest puff followed by a southwest puff gave Barnstable a one-tack beat and the Red Raiders pulled away 1-2-3.

The Vineyarders hope to get another shot against Barnstable Friday in a tentatively planned four-way match with Nauset and Nantucket.

Sunday’s second match, against Hotchkiss of Lakeville, Conn., was called off due to 30-knot winds.

Saturday, the Vineyarders sailed to comfortable 3-0 wins over Nauset and Cheverus of Portland, Maine.

Girls lacrosse

After tough losses to Wayland and Natick, the Vineyarders got back on track with a 17-13 win Monday over visiting Oliver Ames.

The Tigers jumped on top with two quick goals in the first minute of the game. The girls responded with four goals — from Madison Hughes, Alayna Hutchinson, Jennie Lindland, and Lucy Hackney. Taylor Poggi set up two goals with pinpoint passes.

M.V. took a 13-9 lead to the halftime break.

O.A. again struck quickly to open the second half but the Vineyarders were resolute. M.V. was able to control the ball for the last 12 minutes of the game and added late goals by Madison Hughes at the 4:45 mark and Taylor Poggi with seven ticks left.

Poggi led M.V. with four goals and two assists, followed by Hughes and Lindland, who each had four goals and one assist. Alayna Hutchinson had three goals with two assists and was key in gaining control of the ball off the draws. Isabel Smith controlled the midfield and finished with a goal and an assist. Freshman Lucy Hackney scored once. Charlotte McCarron, Hannah Moore, and Molly Wallace all had an assist. Goalie April Hargy made 11 key saves.

M.V. is 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the EAC.

Jess Wilcoxsin’s jayvee squad had its best game of the season and tamed the Tigers, 10-2.

Leila Gardner notched a hat trick and two assists. Hartley Sierputoski also scored three goals and added an assist. Teo Azzolini tallied twice. Emily deBettencourt and Sydney Davies each scored a goal, with one assist. Erin Hegarty, Kiara Vought, Aubrey Ashmun, and Haven Huck all had one assist. Olivia Ogden, Megan Hurley, and Keilla Keddis snagged key interceptions. Goalie Faith Smalley made nine saves in a solid effort.


The Vineyarders dropped to 3-4 on the season with a 19-7 loss Monday to Bourne at MVRHS.

Shelby Levin singled to drive in two runs and key a four-run second inning for M.V. But the Ladies of the Canal roared back to lead 7-4 and put the game out of reach with five runs in the fourth to lead 12-4.

April 26, the Vineyarders hosted Bishop Feehan in an Eastern Athletic Conference matchup. The Shamrocks prevailed 14-1. Hailee McCarthy had four strikeouts and scored the only Vineyard run. Megan Buchanan and Kendall Robinson singled for M.V.


Bourne and visiting Martha’s Vineyard played out a classic pitcher’s duel on Monday.

Ryan Fisher got the start for the Vineyarders and went up against Connor Collette of the Canalmen.

Bourne scored once in the first inning and added another in the second to win, 2-0.

Fisher was strong throughout, giving up four hits (only one in the final five innings) and striking out seven. Collette gave up six hits and struck out seven.

Ramon Espino had two of the Vineyard’s five hits.

The Vineyarders came into to the game trying to build on last week’s success.

The Purple notched two EAC wins in two days against Bishops Feehan and Stang.

April 26 at Feehan, M.V. beat the Shamrocks for the first time, 5-4, in eight innings.

“That was a huge win for our program,” Coach Gary Simmons said.

With the game tied at 4-4 in the top of the eighth, Noah Stobie walked and stole second. Stobie came home with the winning run on consecutive wild pitches.

Jack Roberts shut out the Shamrocks in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win.

Will Stewart got the start and pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, with five strikeouts and one walk.

Roberts held the Shamrocks without a hit and struck out four in two innings of shutout ball.

April 25, M.V. hosted Bishop Stang and beat the Spartans, 7-2.

Ryan Fisher pitched a complete game gem, striking out four and giving up one earned run on three hits.

The Vineyarders are 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the EAC. M.V. played a late game Wednesday at Somerset Berkley and host Falmouth on Friday at 3 pm.

Boys lacrosse

The Vineyarders squared off with Bishop Feehan Tuesday at MVRHS. The Shamrocks won a 9-8 thriller in Attleboro on April 3

This time Feehan left the Island with a 10-6 win.

M.V. hosts league rival Coyle and Cassidy on Tuesday.

Track and Field

The Vineyarders competed against Bishop Stang Wednesday afternoon in the final home meet of the season, which had originally been scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed due to rain.

The boys defeated the Spartans, 83-53, to remain unbeaten at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the EAC.

On what was Senior Day, the Vineyard seniors had a banner day.

Rafa Maciel won three events–the 400-meter hurdles, the 400-meter run, and the triple jump. Tyler Araujo won the shot put and Je-Vaughan Crooks qualified for the state tournament in the high jump with a winning leap of 5′ 10”. Peter Keaney was second in the 400-meters.

Michael Schroeder ran a personal best in the mile with a time of 4:43. Kyle Joba-Woodruff won the two mile run and Jeremy Alley-Tarter took first in the 800-meters.

Bishop Stang won a close girls meet, 69-64.

Maggie Riseborough was first in the discus and shot put and remained unbeaten in both events this season. Kaija Nivala placed second in the throwing events and won the 400-meter hurdles.

Julia Neville lowered her state qualifying time in the 800-meters with a personal best 2:30.

Other highlights for the girls: Katherine Dorr won the 400-meters, Maya Harcourt was first in the 100-meter high hurdles, and Maggie Lindland was tops in the triple jump.

The Vineyard girls are 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the EAC.

Next up for the Purple and White is a freshmen-sophomore meet Saturday in Westwood and the Sunset Invitational in New Bedford for the upperclasmen.