Tourney time for MVRHS teams

MVRHS hoopsters open state tourney at Case on Tuesday; icemen get Ashland on Thursday at Gallo.

Shown here earlier this season in a game against Nantucket, Colby Zarba, No. 9, breaks away from Nantucket's Jack Gammons, No. 7. — John Zarba

Updated Feb. 25

The Vineyarder boys basketball team opens Division 3 (D3) state tournament play on Tuesday as a 10-seed in the South Sectional brackets on the road against seven-seed Case High School at 5 pm in Swansea.

The eighth-seeded Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) boys hockey team opens D3 South Sectional play on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4 pm against 9-seed Ashland at Gallo Rink in Bourne. Both teams were 12-5-3 in the regular season, and received byes in the preliminary round. There is a good chance the winner of MVRHS-Ashland will face top seed Hanover in the quarterfinals on March 3 at Gallo.

With a bye in the preliminary round, Hanover (16-2-2) will play the winner of 16th-seeded Nantucket (9-7-2) and 17-seed Attleboro (10-8-2) on Friday, March 1, at Gallo, time TBA.

And if the MVRHS hoopsters win on Tuesday, the MVRHS boys will travel to Dartmouth to take on second-seed and longtime league opponent Bishop Stang, on a date to be announced.

MVRHS Coach Mike Joyce knows his brackets. Last week, he predicted the then 11-8 Vineyarders needed a final regular-season win to finish at 12-8 for a tourney-opening home game. In fact, Case finished at 12-8, and hosts the 11-9 Vineyarders in their gym. MVRHS dropped the season finale to Mashpee 82-77 on Thursday.

Both MVRHS squads scrapped all season for a place in their 2019 state tournaments this year, after an absence of several years.

Updated with new information on hockey team’s opponent. -Ed.