Sports highlights

The bubble at Vineyard Youth Tennis comes down for the warmer months, this Saturday from 9 am to 12pm. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Youth soccer

Five MV United boys teams played on the road over the weekend.

In the South Coast Soccer League, the Under-18’s edged Falmouth, 2-1, Sunday at Trotting Park, to remain unbeaten.

Also, Sunday, the U-15’s rebounded from last weekend’s loss to Dartmouth by shellacking Sandwich, 13-0.

Saturday, Oceana defeated the United U-12’s, 2-1 at Nauset High School in North Eastham. The U-10’s played to a 0-0 draw with Fall River.

In the Mass. Premier League (MAPLE), the Vineyard U-13’s traveled to Providence Sunday and left the Ocean State with a 6-0 win over Rhode Island SC. Nevin Wallis and Theo Guerin tallied twice for M.V. Lucas Barcelos and Jordan Tate scored a goal each. Nainoa Cooperrider chalked up three assists. Gabriel Bellebuono and Jordan Tate assisted once. The Island squad is 4-0 with 16 goals scored and one conceded thus far.

In girls SCSL play, the U-16’s lost to Dartmouth Sunday at Veterans Park, 2-0.

Two Vineyard teams played Saturday. The U-14 girls lost at Swansea, 4-1 and the U-12’s dropped a 4-0 decision to visiting Wareham.

Youth lacrosse

Last weekend, Martha’s Vineyard Girls Youth Lacrosse hosted Bourne in its home opener.

The U-15 girls played a double-header, falling to a strong Bourne defense in both games. In the first match, the visitors won 5-3. Sara Poggi, Belle Dinning, and K.C. Wallace scored the Vineyard goals.

In game two, Kate Sudarsky and Emily Turney scored for M.V. but Bourne prevailed 5-2. Vineyard goalie Kylie Hatt was sharp tending the twine in both games.

The U-13’s faired better and beat Bourne in a closely fought match, 7-6. Addy Hayman and Audrey McCarron each netted hat tricks. Suzanne More-Straton scored once. Kazara Aldeborgh played well in net.

The MVGYL apologized to Devin Hill of the U-13 team for failing to recognize her first half goal in the Lakeville game the previous week.

Junior League baseball

Martha’s Vineyard Little League, through the Junior League program, has created three travel teams that will compete in the Gateway Babe Ruth League, made up of teams from Wareham, Rochester, Bourne, D-Y, Marion, Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. There are two divisions, the 10-team Babe Ruth for 13-14 year olds and the 5-team Varsity for 14-15 year olds.

The inaugural Babe Ruth Division game last Friday pitted the MV-Astros against the MV-Brewers at Vineyard Baseball Park.

Astros’ pitchers Jacob Cardoza, Aksel Cooperrider, Chris Mayhew and Jeffrey Cimeno combined to stump the Brew Crew, 5-2. The ‘Stros also got timely hitting from Joe Davies and Cameron Maciel.

Morgan Michalski, Nate D’Angelo, Colin Hickey and Chase Sylvia pitched well for the Brewers.

Both teams hosted the Bourne A’s, last year’s league champion, on Sunday. The Astros lost 12-6, after rallying from an 8-0 third inning hole. James Sashin had two hits and Jonas Lukowitz slapped a two-out RBI single.

The Brewers lost 15-2.

The varsity MV-White Sox, coached by Jamie McNeely and Chuck Sullivan, got off to a good start with an 18-3 win Sunday over the Old Rochester A’s.

Sox pitcher Tucker McNeely threw three innings of shutout ball and Alex Vukota produced a defensive gem to keep the A’s at bay.

The Sox bats got into swing with three runs in the fourth, five in the fifth, and a bunch more in the sixth to put the A’s away.

Halisky receives award

Michael Halisky, head pro at Vineyard Youth Tennis, received the 35 & Over Player of the Year Award at the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) spring convention in Woodstock, VT. This past weekend Halisky was the number one ranked player in the 35 & over division in New England and reached number four in the Men’s Open division.

Scott Smith, VYT Executive Director, attended the convention and accepted the award on his behalf.

School Spirit Challenge

Vineyard Youth Tennis hosted its annual School Spirit Challenge last Sunday with all of the local elementary schools participating. The Up Island Schools (Chilmark, Charter & West Tisbury) defeated Edgartown by a score of 42 games to 30. In the other match, Oak Bluffs outlasted Tisbury, 55-41.

The children had a great time playing doubles and singles. The next scheduled match is Sunday, May 20. The overall winner will have the school name displayed in the lobby on a perpetual plaque.

Bubble Coming Down

This Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm, the Vineyard Youth Tennis bubble will be deflated. Volunteers are needed for this big project. Please bring a pair of gloves and of course your energy. Contact VYT at (508) 693-7762.

Over the hill soccer

The Vineyard Football Club lost to FIMA FC of Braintree, 3-2, Sunday morning at Veterans Park. Roldolfo “Rudy” Fernandez scored both Island goals.

VFC is 2-2 in the New England Over The Hill (40 and over) Soccer League. The team plays Sunday in West Roxbury against the Albania United Veterans.

Rainy Goodale competes at Spring Nationals

Rainy Goodale of the Martha’s Vineyard Masters competed, April 26-29, in the 2012 US Masters Spring Nationals Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C., where she swam in four individual events and two relays.

Ms. Goodale placed 4th in the 50 and 100 breaststroke, 8th in the 100 Individual Medley, and 3rd in the 200 breaststroke. With her teammates, Rainy placed 6th in the 200 freestyle relay and 2nd in the 200 Individual Medley Relay.

The Championship was well attended by more than 1800 swimmers from across the country.

With the short course season over, the long course and open water seasons begin. M.V. Masters, Les Cutler in open water events and Rainy Goodale in long course events, are training for the FINA World Masters Championship, June 9-13, in Riccione, Italy.