Sports highlights

Football first for Mike McCarthy

Bridgewater State University quarterback Mike McCarthy was named the New England Football Conference Player of the week over this past weekend. A junior, Mike won the award for the second year in a row, becoming the first player in the 34-year history of the rivalry to win the award twice.

McCarthy, the 2008 MVRHS quarterback, won the Lee Harrington MVP Mini Scoop in the 34th playing of the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl between Bridgewater State University and Mass. Maritime.

McCarthy rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 75 yards and a touchdown. He scored the go-ahead touchdown with 8:00 to play in the game and then added a 22-yard score to make the final score 31-21.

Mike has started at QB for the Bears in every game for the past three seasons, and he has a 24-8 record. He currently ranks as BSU’s 10th all-time leading rusher, 5th all-time leading passer, and 14th in scoring.The Bears are 9-1 this season and are awaiting a postseason bid.

Justice is served

Justice Yennie of West Tisbury won the Brown Billone Club 16 singles tennis tournament held last Saturday and Sunday in North Easton.

Justice played two matches on Saturday, defeating the seventh seed from Dedham and Patrick McCarthy of the Vineyard. On Sunday morning he defeated first seed Marcus Lawrence of Acton, then won twice more in the afternoon to take the title.

Sunday, Justice’s brother, first-seed Reid Yennie, played three grueling matches in the 18 singles category, before losing 10-8 in a tiebreaker in the final.Justice is captain of the high school state championship tennis team. He won a record 43 straight matches in 2010 and 2011. Reid was first singles on the Vineyard team and captain in 2009 and 2010. He is currently ranked 60th in New England and number one on the Island.

College seminar at VYT a hit

Ed Krass, founder of the College Tennis Academy, visited Vineyard Youth Tennis over the weekend. Ed conducted a seminar for parents and players on the ins and outs of college tennis.

Mr. Krass also taught a clinic for high school and VYT Tournament Team players. Ed’s enthusiastic demeanor and knowledge of the college process kept the parents and players alert on both days.

“This was very beneficial to our players who are thinking about playing tennis at the collegiate level” said Scott Smith, VYT Executive Director. “It really opened up some players’ eyes on what is needed to play at the next level.”

Youth hockey

The Vineyard Mites opened league play Saturday with two games against Lower Cape.

M.V. lost the first game, 8-1. Liam Marek scored for the Vineyard. Riley Sylvia tended the twine and made 19 saves.

Liam Marek netted a hat trick in game two, but the Vineyard settled for a 3-3 tie after jumping to a 3-0 lead. Riley Sylvia preserved the point for M.V. by stopping 30 shots.

Mike Miller new Sharks coach

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League named former assistant coach Mike Miller as the team’s new head coach for the 2013 season. Mr. Miller succeeds Ernie May, who is currently working to bring a new franchise into the league.

Former Sharks catcher Anthony Corona and pitcher Ryan Morris will be assistant coaches next season.