Sports highlights


Vineyard Warrior Triathlon update

Odyssey TriSport will host a Vineyard Warrior Triathlon information session at 9 am on Sunday, June 30, at Waban Park in Oak Bluffs. There will be information about the course, registration, changes, and an opportunity to meet Max Sherman, Island triathlon contact.

Last year’s event, held in September, combined a one-mile swim, a 24.7-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run into one race spanning the towns of Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, and Edgartown.

Odyssey TriSport has also adopted Seaview Ave. by the sea wall and will be host a two-hour trash pickup shortly after the information session. All of those who volunteer to help with the cleanup will receive a 20 percent discount on registration.

For more information, contact Mr. Sherman at 774-930-4379 or go to

Women’s softball

The second week of play began Tuesday night with a triple-header at Veterans Park. The best game of the night matched the Creamers and the Rug Sox. With the game tied at 6-6 entering the seventh inning, Shawna O’ Donnell hit a two-run single to lift the Cream Team to an 8-6 win.

In the night’s other contests, the Honeys overpowered the Shady Ladies, 17-0, while the league’s new team, Mama’s Girls, used a five-run fourth to beat the Snaps, 6-1.

MV United U-18 men win SCSL title

The MV United Under-18 men’s team dominated Fall River, 5-0, on Sunday to win the South Coast Soccer League championship. The win assured coach Esteban Aranzabe’s side a place in the U-18 division at the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC), June 28–30 in Lancaster. A loss against Fall River would have placed United in the tougher U-19 division at the MTOC. Justin Smith notched a pair of goals for the Vineyard, while Yannick Gonsalves, Ben Dwane, and Alex GordonBeck scored a goal apiece.

Babe Ruth baseball playoffs

The Angels bested the Brewers two games to one in the best-of-three series between Island rivals, advancing to the Babe Ruth Division semifinals against Mashpee. After a 6-5 Angels win in game one on June 16, the teams exchanged routs. The Brew Crew evened the series with an 12-0 win Friday under the lights at The Tank in Oak Bluffs but the Angels roared back with a 15-2 win on Sunday to clinch the series win.

In Varsity Division play, the Vineyard Astros completed a two-game sweep over Mashpee with an 11-0 win on June 20. Aksel Cooperrider pitched a complete game one-hitter, walking one batter in six innings of work. Jack Slayton was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored; Andrew Wiley batted 3 for 3 with two RBIs and one run scored; and Jonas Lukowitz was two for three with two RBIs and a run scored.

The ‘Stros will meet Dennis-Yarmouth in the Varsity Division semifinals.

Holmes Hole sailing

Holmes Hole Sailing Association Commodore Dan Culkin and Magic Time fittingly led the field in last Sunday’s annual Tune Up Race, which signals the start of the summer racing season.

Magic Time’s corrected time of 1:58:45 topped an eight-boat field which combined both A and B divisions of the HHSA fleet.

The fleet followed Course 4 out to Falmouth and back in blustery conditions accented by blue seas, clear skies, and SW gusts occasionally pushing past 20 knots.

Mo Flam in Penelope was second (1:59:38), followed by 3. Soma Holiday (Frank Sutula) 2:00:25; 4. Masquerade (Michael Loberg) 2:01:37; and 5. Silhouette (Beck Colson) 2:02:13.

In the Thursday night series race on June 20, Alan Wilsdon in High Tide took first place in 1:02.08 against a crowded field of 12 on a beautiful evening with steady 12- to 16-knot winds.

Eleven of the 12 boats finished the race which took them twice around the triangle. Mo Flam, continuing his strong spring, came in second 1:04.53. Jim Pringle skippered Myfanwy into third (1:06.18). Mike Loberg in Masquerade was fourth (1:07.10) and Bow Van Riper took fifth in Tyche (1:07.35).

The boats are back on the water at 6 pm, June 27. Summer season competition begins in earnest on Sunday with a race to Tarpaulin Cove.

Cross Country sign-up

Calling all high school runners. A meeting and sign-up for the fall Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Cross Country season will be held July 1 at 6 pm in room 322 at MVRHS. All returning participants and new candidates need to attend this important session.

Sharks recap

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League played their first-ever night game Sunday at The Tank in Oak Bluffs and brought the house down. Shortstop Dylan Tice of Indiana University of Pennsylvania hit a three-run walk-off homer to lift the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the two-time defending champion Nashua Silver Knights.

The local entry in the wooden-bat summer league turned around a slow 2-4 start to sit much prettier in third place with an 8-5 record following a 5-4 win Tuesday over the host Brockton Rox. Bob Carbaugh of Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Penn.) picked up the win, allowing two hits and striking out three in six innings of work. Ryan Siegal of Mercyhurst was 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBIs.

The Sharks host the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs Thursday night at 6:45 pm.

Chilmark Road Race registration

Registration is underway for the 36th annual Chilmark Road Race to be held Saturday, August 10. Entry is limited to 1,500 runners. Every year runners are turned away. Interested runners are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Last year registration closed on July 19.

All entries will be on online. No mail-in entries will be accepted. All service fees charged by out-service company, Raceit, are included in the entry fee. Runners entering after August 3 (if registration is still open) will pay more. Entries close at midnight, August 8, or earlier if the event is full. Through August 3 the entry fee is $30 for runners 12 years and older and $20 for runners 11 and younger.

After August 3, the fee is $40 (12 and older) and $25 (11 and under).

Net proceeds benefit the Chilmark Community Center.

For full information and links to online entry, visit Cool Running at