MVRHS sports highlights

Boys tennis team finishes regular season 18-0

The Vineyard boys capped off a perfect 18-0 regular season, the first in school history, on Saturday with a 3-2 victory in Osterville over archrival Cape Cod Academy.

M.V. jumped out to quick 2-0 lead after Justice Yennie beat Sam Lahart, 6-0, 7-6, to go unbeaten this year at third singles, and the first doubles duo of Natty Schneider and Jackson McBride downed Jon Hagarty and Oliver Rogers, 6-1, 6-4.

The Seahawks evened the match as Patrick Wyeth rallied to beat Kent Leonard at first singles 0-6, 6-0, 6-3 and Will White topped Patrick McCarthy, 6-3, 6-3.

The Vineyarders clinched the win after the second doubles tandem of Ryan Sawyer and Justin Smith defeated Jack Simon and Cooper Tomchick, 6-1, 6-3.

Last Friday, the boys traveled to Chatham and blanked the Blue Devils, 4-0.

Kent Leonard, Patrick McCarthy, and Justice Yennie swept their singles matches 6-0, 6-0.

Ryan Sawyer and Justin Smith won 6-2, 6-3 at first doubles. Charlie Parkhurst and Donovan Belisle got their first varsity start in the second doubles. The duo lost the first set 6-4 but battled back to lead 5-4 in the second before rain halted play.

May 24 in Dover, the Islanders played a rematch with a tough Dover-Sherborn squad and prevailed, 3-1.

Track and Field

The Vineyarders had quite a day on Saturday at the Eastern Mass. Division 4 Meet at North Reading High School.

Maggie Riseborough, Jeremy Alley-Tarter, and the boys 4 x 400 relay team of Rafael Maciel, Peter Keaney, Je’ Vaughn Crooks, and Alley-Tarter all qualified for the All-State meet on June 2 at Fitchburg State University.

Riseborough won both the shotput and discus events to give the Vineyard girls all 20 points, good for an 11th place finish out of 42 schools. Maggie put the shot 36′ and threw the discus 106′ 4″, 14 feet farther than her previous throw and four feet more than anyone else. She will head to the All-State ranked 10th in discus and 14th in the shotput.

The Vineyard boys earned 26 points to place 10th out of 42 schools.

Jeremy Alley-Tarter took second in the 800, with a personal best time of 1:58.19. He is currently ranked 15th in the state.

The boys 4 x 400 relay team finished third in 3:35.30 to hold down the 26th ranking in the state.

Rafael Maciel took fifth in the triple jump (40′ 10″) and the 400-meter hurdles (a personal best 57.95) but missed out on an All-State spot in the hurdles by five one-hundreths of a second. Only the top four finishers can qualify.

Other Vineyard boys to place at the EMass meet were: Jacob Lawrence (8th, long jump, 20′ .75″); Joe Turney (8th, javelin, 150′ 8″); and the 4 x 800 relay team of Kyle Joba-Woodruff, Sam Oslyn, Mike Schroeder, and Isaiah Maynard (8th, 8:49.07).

Softball

The girls won five of their last six games of the regular season, including two last week, to clinch a berth in the MIAA state tourney for the second consecutive year.

Martha’s Vineyard (10-10) earned the 17th seed and will play at 16th-seeded Medfield on Friday at 3 pm.

The Vineyarders ended the regular season in Taunton on a hot, steamy Saturday with a 9-4 loss to one of the state’s best teams, Coyle and Cassidy.

The Warriors, EAC champs 17 of the past 18 seasons, fielded their usual line-up and the Vineyarders made quite a game of it, scoring the most runs for an Island team against Coyle in many years.

Hailee McCarthy pitched with velocity and consistency 24 hours after going the distance to beat Bourne.

The loss to Coyle mattered not, as M.V. already had made the tournament with an 11-5 win over host Bourne on Friday.

McCarthy was 2 for 2, with two triples. Micheli Lynn doubled, Sarah Williston tripled, Megan Buchanan singled and had 2 RBIs, and Shelby Lavin went 2 for 4.

“We were in a must-win game against Bourne and the girls responded,” coach Donald Herman said.

May 23, the girls routed Chatham, 17-5, in five innings.

Sailing

The Vineyard sailors traveled to Durham, N.H. on Sunday to compete for the Herreshoff Trophy. M.V. was making its first appearance in the fleet racing event in coach Andrew Burr’s seven-year tenure.

Coach Burr was joined on the trip by MVRHS assistant coach Maggie Lumkes, the new waterfront director of Sail MV.

The Vineyard squad split into two tandems to race in two divisions. Katie Johnson and Zana Van Rooyen sailed in the A Division, while Anna Flaherty and Megan Mendenhall did the honors in B Division. Ellie Reagan sailed with Johnson in the final two races.

Each school raced six times in each division, with 12 schools from across New England competing per race.

The Vineyarders sailed in challenging light, shifty winds and placed sixth overall, with several 4-5-6 finishes to their credit. Coach Burr was pleased with the team’s performance, especially when taking into account that Flaherty, Van Rooyen, and Reagan are freshmen.

Next up for M.V. is the Cape and Islands Championships, June 1-3.

The girls will travel to Nantucket on Friday to sail in fleet races and head to Dennis-Yarmouth to join the boys for co-ed team racing on Saturday and fleet racing on Sunday.

Girls tennis

Connie McHugh’s team closed out the regular season with a 16-2 record, with both losses coming at the hands of division one Barnstable.

The Vineyarders defeated visiting Clinton, 5-0, on Friday. Annie Burton, Wendy Wen, and Julia Cooper all won handily in straight sets. Sam and Charlotte Potter won at first doubles 6-1, 6-3. Dylan Brockmeyer and Celia Mercier paired up at second doubles and won without a hitch, 6-0, 6-0.

May 24, the girls hosted Cape Cod Academy and blanked the Seahawks, 5-0.

Baseball

The Vineyarders split their final two games and head into the MIAA state tournament as the 11th seed with a 12-8 record. M.V. will play in Dover on Saturday at 3 pm against sixth-seeded Dover-Sherborn in the first round.

Last Friday, the Vineyarders hosted Bourne on Senior Day and beat the Canalmen, 3-0.

Will Stewart threw a complete game three-hitter to earn his fifth win of the season against one defeat.

M.V. scored twice in the first inning. Jack Roberts batted in Mike Montanile and Ramon Espino scored Roberts on a 4-3 grounder.

In the fifth, Roberts doubled and Espino doubled to score Roberts for the final run.

May 24, Falmouth’s Kyle Kasprzyk threw a no-hitter as the Clippers beat the visiting Vineyarders, 4-1. Jack Roberts scored the Vineyard run following two errors and a fielder’s choice.

Boys lacrosse

Austin Prep edged the Vineyarders 8-6 on Tuesday in a preliminary round game of the MIAA Division 3 East tournament, played in Reading. The boys finished the season with a 9-10 record.

Charlie Everett scored three goals, Nick Costello tallied twice, and Sam Burke netted one. Denver Maciel had two assists and Colby Gouldrup had one.

Conor Smith was a defensive standout and Nelson Dickson made 19 saves.

M.V. had won its final four regular season games, including the last three on the road, to earn a spot in the playoffs.

Girls lacrosse

The Vineyard girls came to the end of the road in Foxboro on Saturday with an 18-11 loss in the opening round of the MIAA Division Two South tournament.

Madison Hughes and Hannah Moore scored in the first three minutes to put the Vineyarders up 2-0, but Foxboro roared back and led 18-6 until M.V. reeled off five unanswered goals in the final four and half minutes.

Despite the loss, Betsy Dripps’s team can take pride in having won a second consecutive Eastern Athletic Conference championship and in placing seven players on the league all-star squad. Madison Hughes, Shelby Ferry, Alayna Hutchinson, April Hargy, Jennie Lindland, Taylor Poggi, and Isabel Smith represent the Vineyard on the EAC team.

Alayna Hutchinson finished as the team’s high scorer with 58 goals and 31 assists for 89 points. Senior co-captain Madison Hughes had 52 goals and 30 assists for 82 points; Jennie Lindland had 45 goals and 27 assists for 72 points; Taylor Poggi had 35 goals and 14 assists for 49 points; and defensive standout Isabel Smith put up 32 goals and 6 assists for 38 points.

Shelby Ferry along with Madison Hughes were great captains both on and off the field and senior April Hargy was stellar in net for all four years. Hard-working, speedy sophomores Mary Ollen, Sarah Alexander, and Alex Clark keyed the defense towards the end of the season. With only four seniors on this year’s team and a host of talented jayvee players, the future looks bright for next year.

Jess Wilcoxson’s jayvees earned their last win versus Nantucket on May 19.

Despite one-point losses to Falmouth and Nauset in the final two games, the team played tough. Sydney Davies, Aubrey Ashmun, Emma Yuen, Keila Geddis, Erin Hegarty, Megan Hurley, Hartley Sierputosky, Teo Azzolini, Chantal Booker, Leilla Gardner, and Kiara Vought scored for M.V.

The girls played well as a team, showing overall improvement, and dedication, especially those who stepped up to play goalie when the team had none: Gardner, Booker, Sierputoski, Yuen, Vought, Emily deBettencourt, Ashley Goodall, and Hanna Kim.