Sports highlights

Youth hockey

As the National Hockey League tried to sort out its labor issues yet again, Island youngsters returned to the ice last weekend for another season.

The Vineyard’s Neponset Valley League (NVL) ‘A’ team played a pair of games, Friday, in Raynham. In the opening game, the Vineyard iced Holliston, 4-0. Zach Fullin earned the shutout in net. The team failed to maintain focus in the nightcap against Norton Purple and lost, 2-1. Josh Forend scored for M.V. and the team got solid efforts from Nainoa Cooperrider, Ian Trace, and Zach Fullin.

Fall Tennis Classic

The Fall Tennis Classic tournament to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Tennis (MVCT) will be Friday September 28 – through Sunday the 30th at the Edgartown Yacht Club tennis courts.There will be catagories for combined NTRP 6.0 through 9.0 for men, women and mixed and juniors 14 years old and older, doubles only. There will be a Friday night cocktail party with a silent auction and a raffle.

MVCT is a nonprofit tennis organization sponsored affiliated with the USTA. The money raised from this event will be used to promote tennis throughout the Island according to a MVCT press release..

The entry fee is $75 per player for each division entered, $50 for the junior division. All entries must be submitted by 6pm, Tuesday, September 25 on-line at www.TennisMV.com. For more info contact the tournament director, Mas Kimball 508-645-6111 or maskimball@tennismv.com.

Holmes Hole sailing

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association commenced a September series of races on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. Six boats came out at 5:30 pm on a beautiful Thursday night for a 3.25-mile triangular race in 12 knots of southwest wind.

1. Roger Becker, Gloria; 2. Jerry Goodale, Stormalong; 3. Ed Cerullo, Undine; 4. Stephen Besse, Apres; 5. Sandy Alexander, Falcor; 6. Dan Culkin, Magic Time.

Sunday at 10 am, six boats posted at red nun 6. The triangle was sailed in eight knots of west-northwest wind.

1. Roger Becker, Gloria; 2. Ed Cerullo, Undine; 3. Peter Wagner, Spring; 4. Stephen Besse, Apres; 5. Andy Berry, Isobar; 6. Dan Culkin; Magic Time.

The September series will continue through the month, weather permitting, at 5:30 pm Thursday and 10 am on Sunday.

Over the hill gang routs Warthogs

The Vineyard FC over 40 soccer team beat the Foxboro Warthogs, 5-1, on Sunday in Oak Bluffs.

The ‘Hogs scored first, from a well-placed header following a corner kick.

Undaunted, Vineyard FC roared back and took control of the match with three first half goals. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fernandez put in a pair and Skip Dostal added another.

The second half, the Vineyard tapped into its deep bench and took to the pitch with skilled and eager substitutes. Edilson “Pazone” Costa converted a penalty kick and Gilson “Firehorse” DaSilva provided the coup de grace.

The win put Vineyard FC in first place of the Over The Hill Soccer League’s Masters Division 6 South.

The next match is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, at the MVRHS back field vs FIMA FC. Kick-off is at 9:30 am.

2012 Walk for the Animals

The 2012 Walk for the Animals is set forSaturday, October 6, from 10 am to 2 pm at theOak Bluffs School entrance to Tradewinds.The event helps to raise much-needed money for the Animal Shelter by getting pledges for your walk.

Pledge forms are available at the shelter and Island Veterinary Clinics. Walkers with and without animals are welcome. The rain date is October 8. For more information, call Duncan Ross at 693-0541.