Weather takes a toll on rivalry

Utz breaks a record, and other MVRHS highlights.


Updated June 3 

The wretched weekend weather wreaked havoc upon the Martha’s Vineyard-Nantucket rivalry. All six matchups scheduled last Saturday were postponed. The girls softball game played out in Nantucket on Tuesday afternoon, and the Whalers won the day. As for the other contests, the revamped lineup is as follows: Girls lacrosse: away on June 4 at 1:30 pm; boys lacrosse: home on June 11 at 1:30 pm; girls tennis: away on June 11 at 3 pm; boys tennis: home on June 14 at 1:30 pm; boys baseball: home on June 15 at 1 pm.

Zach Utz breaks school record in mile

MVRHS junior Zach Utz competed against 11 of the state’s best milers in the elite Platinum PT Challenge, held Saturday evening at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, and broke his own school record with a time of 4:25.53. Utz came into the event seeded 12th, and finished eighth overall.

The showcase event also provided an opportunity for professionals and collegians to run a qualifying time for the Olympics. Among the celebrated runners on hand: Johnny Gregorek (University of Oregon, Columbia University, and Seekonk High School), who finished 10th in the 1500 meters at the 2017 World Championships in London, and ran a mile of 4:06.25 in 2020, dressed in blue jeans; Emily Sisson (Providence College), a ninth-place finisher at the Worlds in 2017; Molly Huddle (Notre Dame), who set the American record in the 10,000m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro; and Mark Coogan, a former Olympian and Bishop Feehan alum.

MVRHS tennis teams keep on rolling

The Vineyarder girls and boys tennis teams remained unbeaten at 8-0 and 7-0 respectively with wins over Falmouth and Nauset last week.

Each team downed Falmouth, 5-0, on May 26. The following day, the boys hosted the Nauset Warriors, and survived a tough test to win, 3-2.

Vineyard Coach Kev Lewis wanted his No. 2 singles player Eric Reubens to have the opportunity to play No. 1 singles. Nauset’s Rufus McCleary won 6-4, 6-3, while MV’s Max Potter played at second singles and defeated Skylar Bates 6-0, 6-0. Vineyarder Jacob Riis beat Kevin Amara at third singles 6-2, 6-1. Nauset earned its second point in the best-of-five series after Thor Yingling and Windslowe Brown topped Ben Belisle and Jack Marshard 6-4, 6-3. The series came down to a three-set battle at first doubles with Vineyarders Clyde Smith and Teagan Myers outlasting Nauset’s Shepard Trudel and Hayden Trudel 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

After playing at Dennis-Yarmouth on June 2, the boys host Barnstable for Senior Day on June 9 at 3 pm.

The Vineyard girls traveled to Nauset on Friday, and posted another 5-0 shutout win.

No. 1 singles Hunter Tomkins downed Francesca Lily 6-0, 6-2; second singles Cari Giglio double-bageled Alex Lily 6-0, 6-0; and third singles Karrine Nivala defeated Nicole Boyce 6-4, 6-3.

Both doubles matches were tight. First doubles Tessa Hammond and Andrea Morse rallied from 6-1 down to win the final two sets 6-3, 6-4, and second doubles Paige Anderson and Evelyn Brewer edged Jill Emstrom and Michelle Henault 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

Prior to the season-ending match at Nantucket on June 11, the girls play on the road against Dennis-Yarmouth (June 2), Sandwich (June 4), and Barnstable (June 9).

MVRHS sailors win eight of nine

The Vineyarders traveled to the Hyannis Yacht Club on Tuesday and cleaned up at the Cape and Islands Team Racing Championships.

MV won the first eight races, and finished atop the standings at 8-1, two wins ahead of host St. John Paul II. Cape Cod Academy finished at 3-6, and Sturgis was 1-8.

In Rounds 1 and 3, the Vineyarders sailed with skipper crew combinations of Zach Ward/Trent Bilodeau; Feilx Colon/Juliet Morse; and Miles Wolfe/Henry Kyburg Abbott. Jocelyn Baliunas crewed with Ward and Yossi Monahan with Wolfe for one race in Round 2.

On Friday, the Vineyarders return to Hyannis for the rescheduled Figawi fleet racing event, which was postponed from last Saturday due to weather.

Vineyard softball nips Lions in slugfest, 26-25

Ashley Brasefield hit a two-run walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning as Martha’s Vineyard rallied to beat the St. John Paul II Lions, 26-25, in a wild Cape and Islands League Lighthouse Division game on a blustery, chilly Friday afternoon in Oak Bluffs.

In her previous at-bat, Brasefield belted a home run to key a nine-run Vineyard sixth. All told, the Vineyard first baseman had two hits, a walk, three runs scored, and seven RBIs in six at-bats.

The teams combined for 30 hits in the seesaw battle. Vivian Peak (one hit, four runs scored) knocked in the first Vineyard run on a fielder’s choice in the first inning. Bethany Cardoza slugged a round-tripper to deep right center field in the second inning, doubled in the third and fifth, and singled in the sixth to finish 4 for 5, with nine RBIs on the day. Kayleigh Bollin, Kylee Brasefield, and Carla Cabral also had multiple hits for the Vineyarders. Olive MacPhail and Marsha Stewart scored three runs apiece.

MV led 4-2 after one inning. The Lions put up four in the second, six in the third, and five more in the top of the fourth to lead, 17-6. The Vineyarders scored five runs of their own in the bottom half of the fourth, and added three in the fifth before erupting with the monster sixth.

Isabelle Webster got the start for MV, giving up two runs on zero hits in the first inning. Carla Cabral was next to toe the rubber, and gamely weathered the potent Lions attack for six innings, striking out two to get the win.

The Vineyarders host Rising Tide in the season finale on June 10 at 3 pm.

Nauset beats Vineyarders in extra innings, 4-3

Martha’s Vineyard rallied from 3-0 down t—o tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Nauset’s Max Dio hit the game winner in the eighth to give the Warriors a 4-3 victory at Vineyard Baseball Park last Thursday.

Nico Arroyo went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Ben Mulvey doubled to knock in another run. Silas Abrams, Isaac Richards, Atlas Zack, and starting pitcher Leo Neville each singled for MV. Neville allowed six hits, struck out six, and walked none in seven innings of work.

The Vineyarders are back on the home diamond versus Barnstable on June 9 at 3:15 pm.

Fast start lifts Monomoy past MV in girls lax

The Monomoy Sharks raced out to a 7-2 lead midway through the first quarter and held on for an 11-6 win over Martha’s Vineyard in a Cape and Islands League Lighthouse Division girls lacrosse game, Tuesday afternoon in Harwich.

After the Sharks scored their seventh goal, Vineyard Coach Jo Douglas called a timeout to help her team refocus and the Vineyarders held Monomoy 4-4 the rest of the way.

Ali Dyke scored four goals and added an assist to pace the Vineyard offense. Alana Nevin had two goals and an assist and Elena Giordano added another pair of assists.


Updated to include girls lacrosse. — Ed.