Sports highlights


Blitz kicks for Maddie

Blitz Fitness held its annual karate Kick-A-Thon on June 16, at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club. Each year, the students attempt to break the previous year’s record of kicks, which typically number in the thousands. This year, the Blitz students completed 3,000 kicks in under two hours.

Blitz Fitness chose to have most of the proceeds from this year’s event donated to The Maddison Barbera Family Fund. Students between the ages of 5 and 17 were asked to find sponsors and donations to benefit the fund, which they did amazingly well. Some of the youngsters raised several hundred dollars. Through the “You’ve Got a Friend” non-profit, the money raised will greatly benefit Maddison and her family.

Maddie is a 15 month-old who, because of a congenital disorder, will have to endure corrective hip surgeries to help her walk and rigorous physical and occupational therapies to increase her range of motion. Those who know Maddie are consistently amazed at her determination.

The Barbera family wishes to thank Blitz Fitness, Catie Fuller, her students, and all who donated, for their considerable efforts.

Holmes Hole sailing

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association continued its Thursday Evening series of handicap sailboat racing from Vineyard Haven Harbor with a 6:00 p.m. race on, July 12.

It was a warm evening with a light breeze that filled in to about seven knots from the south-southwest. Fifteen boats posted at the start at red nun 6 outside of the Vineyard Haven breakwater. A triangle course was set with the fleet sailing to green can 23A at East Chop, then to red nun 4 at West Chop, and returning to red nun 6. The fleet reached and ran to East Chop, sailed a beam reach on the port tack to West Chop, and beat to windward to the finish.Finishing first was Bow Van riper in the Vineyard 15, Tyche. In second were John and Lisa Stout in the Gannon and Benjamin sloop, Isabella. In third was Roger Becker in the C&C 24, Gloria. Fourth was Dan Culkin in Magic Time, fifth was Stephen Besse in Apres, sixth was Mo Flam in Penelope, seventh was Mike Loberg in Masquerade, eighth was a tie between David Lott in Avanti and Eric Widra in Tashmoo, tenth was John Felvey in Phoeinix, eleventh was Woody Bowman in Julia Lee, twelfth was Geoff Gibson in Latonka, thirteenth was Whit Hanschka in Sally, fourteenth was David Mcdonough in Trinity and fifteenth was Dan Pesch in Sparrow.The season continues with a night race at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday July 19 and the Chappy Rendezvous on Sunday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m. New members are actively encouraged, as are guest boats. Join on the web at or Contact Kathy Logue at 693-7074.

Day of the Dolphins

The Astros took on undefeated Dennis-Yarmouth in the Gateway Babe Ruth League baseball finals on July 11 and 12.

The Vineyard team played the Dolphins as tough as could be but lost the series 2-0 in heartbreaking fashion.

In game one, D-Y prevailed 7-6 in 10 innings on a walk-off infield single with the bases loaded.

The following day, the Astros carried a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning. With two outs, a 3-2 count, and the bases loaded, the Dolphins responded with a triple to clear the bases and take a 5-4 lead. The ‘Stros could not answer in the bottom half of the inning and D-Y claimed the trophy.

The Astros finished the season at 17-4-1. Dennis-Yarmouth was 21-0-1.

Vineyard U-13s win Babe Ruth tourney

The Vineyard Under-13 baseball squad won the Bourne Babe Ruth All-Star tournament for the fourth time in five years, last weekend.

The Islanders got sweet revenge on Dennis-Yarmouth in the tourney final and downed the Dolphins 12-0. Tourney MVP Aksel Cooperrider tossed a complete game two-hit shutout, striking out 4 and walking one.

M.V. jumped out to an early 3-0 lead keyed by back to back two-out singles from Tristan Araujo and Cameron Maciel. The Vineyard broke the game open with two outs in the fifth by scoring nine runs on five hits.

Leading up to the final, the Vineyarders steamrolled Middleborough, 17-1, and added a pair of 9-1 wins over Gateway and Freetown.

Great Scott

Victoria Scott won the 12 & under division flight at the Adriondack Club tennis tournament last weekend. Victoria, who trains at Vineyard Youth Tennis, won both matches by a score of 6-1 and 6-2. Her next tournament will take place on August 7.

East Coast Classic at MV Arena

Islanders and visitors alike who might enjoy a break from the summer heat, can take in the fourth annual AAA level East Coast Classic hockey tournament, July 20-22, at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena.

Eight teams from throughout New England, including the local MV Mariners, composed of current and former college and American Hockey League players, will compete.

The action gets underway on Friday from 4:20 to 9:30pm, continues on Saturday from 8:20am to 8:10pm, and concludes with the playoff round on Sunday from 8am to 3pm. The championship game is scheduled to start at 2pm.

VFA roundup

Monto Orthopedics is still top of the table following a 1-0 win over Island Copper in the first of two Vineyard Football Association soccer matches played Tuesday night at Veterans Park. Erly Pinheiro scored the Monto goal.

In the second match, Evandro Medici scored twice to lift second place Atlantic Football Club (AFC) to a 2-1 win over Sports Haven. Collin Brannan scored for S.H.

On July 12, MV Celtic won its first match of the season, 1-0, over Island Copper. Benjamin Sprayregan was the goal scorer.

In the nightcap, winless Coop de Ville’s woes continued as AFC posted a 1-0 win.

The current VFA standings: Monto Orthopedics (5-0-0), AFC (3-1-0), Sports Haven (2-2-0), MV Celtic (1-2-0), Island Copper (1-3-0), and Coop de Ville (0-4-0).

Sharks report

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks traveled to Maine Tuesday night and blanked the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide, 6-0 to move into fifth place in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League standings, nine games behind league leading Nashua.

Ryan Brockett of St. Mary’s College pitched the complete game win, giving up four hits and striking out five.

Eric Jensen was 3 for 3 with a double and three RBI’s. Pat Quinn was 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBI’s. Tad Gold went 2 for 4 and scored two runs.

Monday, the Sharks split a double header at Pittsfield. The Suns took the first game 7-1 and the Sharks won the nightcap, 8-6.

Sunday night, pitcher Mike Bradstreet continued his dominating ways as the Sharks beat the visiting Raging Tide, 5-1.

The University of Rhode Island junior struck out nine and gave up five hits in eight innings. Bradstreet is 5-0 this season with a 1.28 ERA.

Ronnie Rosario pitched the ninth to earn his first save.

At the plate, Nick Sanford, Eric Brenk, and Tad Gold all were 2 for 4. Sanford and Nick Lancisi knocked in two runs each.

The Sharks began a three-game homestand Wednesday night against Pittsfield. The Sharks host Brockton today and Old Orchard Beach tomorrow. The games start at 5pm.