Island hoopsters embark on AAU journey

Front row, from left: Aiden Araujo, Jeremy Regan, Mike Trusty, Leo Neville, Jared Regan and Dylan Dyke. Back row, from left: Rammone Dos Santos, Solon Oliver, Parker Ben David, Aiden Rogers and Coach Phil Regan. — Courtesy Phil Regan

Martha’s Vineyard’s first ever basketball team in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), a multisport youth organization that promotes competitive play, competed in the Starland Fall Blast in Hanover this past weekend.

The Vineyard team, playing as part of the Cape Cod Warriors organization, won two of three games in the 11U division (ages 15-17). The Warriors have five boys’ teams and three girls’ team competing between the ages of 12-18, training in Hyannis, while the Vineyard team trains on-Island.

After a failed attempt to compete in the AAU last year due to travel logistics, this year Islanders were able to join the organization with the help of the Cape Cod Warriors.

The team will play in tournaments through mid-November in Boston, Foxboro, and Providence.