By Ivy Ashe

Boys' Tennis Continues Winning Ways

Tuesday, May 6

The varsity boys' tennis team maintains its undefeated record, moving to 7-0 on the season after sweeping Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Bishop Stang in an away match last Friday. 

Senior captain Patrick McCarthy picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win over Lenny Murphy at first singles, with sophmore Conner Downing blanking Owen Leary 6-0, 6-0 at second singles. Sophomore Anders Nelson went 6-1, 6-0 over Liam Kidd at third singles. 

On the doubles courts, the first team of juniors Dunavon Belisle and Charlie Parkhurst went 6-1, 6-1 over Dylan Soule and Marc Rice. It was Parkhurst's first varsity win. 

Second doubles proved the most challenging matchup of the day, with freshman Finn Simpkins playing in his first varsity match. Simpkins and partner David Webster dropped a close first set 5-7 to Lorenzo Dube and Gregory Lucarelli, but rallied to go 6-3 in the second and pull off a 10-7 win in the third to seal the deal. 

The team hosts league opponent Bishop Feehan at home on Wednesday at 3 p.m. 

Alley-Tarter and Smith Turn In Standout Performances at Weekend Invitational Meets

Tuesday, May 6

Two Vineyard athletes turned in standout performances during nonleague track meets this weekend, with senior captain Jeremy Alley-Tarter setting a new meet record in the 800-metre run at the Greater New Bedford Sunset Invitational Meet and freshman Olivia Smith earning MVP honors at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Freshman/Sophomore meet.

Alley-Tarter's time of 1:56.74 was a personal best, as he fended off Dennis-Yarmouth's Hiroto Watanabe--who also broke the previous meet record with a time of 1:57.33--in his final steps of the race. Smith won two events and was second in route to MVP at the freshman/sophomore meet. She took first place in the 400-metre hurdles with a time of 1:09.16, picked up a victory in the high jump with a leap of 4'11", and was runner-up in the 100-metre hurdles (17.11 seconds). 

Other Vineyarders finishing in the top ten during the freshman/sophomore meet were Juniper Ezanno (third place, long jump; sixth place, triple jump), Chase Sylvia (fifth place, high jump; sixth place, 400-metre hurdles), Aiveras Gedvilas, (eighth place, two-mile run), and Madison Moreis (tenth place, triple jump). 

Junior Sabrina Reppert led a small but strong Vineyard showing at the Sunset Invitational, taking third place in the javelin (91'7") and seventh in the 400-metre run (1:07). Junior Julia Neville placed tenth in a field of 33 in the 800-metre run withj a time of 2:40. On the boys' side, senior Tony Breth took sixth in the triple jump (38'4.75"), senior George Sykes earned sixth in the two-mile run (10:53), and senior cocaptain Joe Turney was fifth in the javelin (150'). 

The track squads hosts their final home meet of the season Wednesday, taking on Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Bishop Stang at 3 p.m. 



Girls' Tennis Picks Up Tough League Win

Monday, May 5

The girls' tennis team fended off a tough Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Friday afternoon, taking a 4-1 win over Bishop Stang to move to a 5-4 season record. 

Junior Charlotte Potter picked up the first Vineyard win of the day, going 6-0, 6-1 against Lauren Shallcrom at third singles. At first doubles, juniors Diamond Araujo and Avery Hazell went 6-2, 6-4 to put the team up 2-0 after the first hour of play. 

Freshman Madison McBride and sophomore Amadine Muniz, playing second doubles, dropped a close 4-6 set to Jacqui Andrade and Emily McGrath, but rolled to 6-1, 6-1 wins to take the match. 

At first singles, junior Samantha Potter outlasted Katie Vasconclos to go 6-3, 7-5. Junior Josie Iadicicco, playing Stang's Emma Mills at second singles, battled to a 7-5 first set and fell 4-6 in the second before beginning a gritty third set. Iadicicco fell 6-10, closing a match that lasted more than two hours.

The team hosts Pope John Paul II High School in a nonleague match on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

In photo, junior Sam Potter on the courts against Bishop Stang. 



Track Squads Keep Eyes on States

Saturday, April 19

The track and field squads hosted their first Eastern Athletic Conference dual meet Wednesday afternoon, taking on Somerset Berkley. Though both squads fell to the Raiders, several athletes posted times and distances qualifying them for the end-of-season state meet. Senior co-captain Jeremy Alley-Tarter, last year's division four state champion in the 800-metre run, will defend his title after taking first in Wednesday's race with a time of 2:05.6. Earlier this season, Alley-Tarter qualfied for states in the mile run. 

Junior Kevin Montambault qualified for the 110-metre high hurdles with a time of 17.14, and junior Sabrina Reppert earned a states spot with a throw of 96' in the javelin. 

The teams took on EAC opponent Coyle & Cassidy last Thursday, with the boys falling 71-61 and the girls taking a 82-54 win as they notched first-place spots in ten events. Senior captain Kat Dorr was first in both the triple jump (31'3.5") and the 400-metre dash (67.9 seconds). The Vineyarders swept the long jump and went 1-2 in the mile, 800 metres, 400 metres, and two-mile.

The boys' side also saw a sweep of the long jump, with freshman Ennis Foster, sophomore Chase Sylvia and senior Joe Turney going 1-2-3. Turney took first place in the javelin, and was a member of the first-place 4x100 metre relay team. 

Last Saturday the younger members of the squad traveled to Notre Dame Academy to compete in the annual Freshman/Sophomore Meet. Freshman Whitney Schroeder turned in a standout performance in javelin, taking second place in a field of 47 with a throw of 88'11". Freshman Olivia Smith took third place in the 400-metre hurdles with a time of 1:13, and sixth place in high jump (4'9"). Chase Sylvia also had a good day in hurdles and high jump, taking fourth place in the 400 hurdles (1.05), and placing eighth in the jump (5'3").

The teams travel to Barnstable following April vacation for a league meet. Both squads are 1-2 on the season. 

In picture, junior Kevin Montambault prepares for a discus throw during Wednesday's meet against Somerset. 

Busy Monday Afternoon Brings Mixed Results for Vineyarders

Tuesday, April 15

Home fields were abuzz with activity on Monday as several teams hosted nonleague opponents. 

Boys' tennis moved to a 6-0 record after defeating previously unbeaten Pope John Paul II High School 3-2. Senior captain Patrick McCarthy, playing first singles, dropped his first set against PJP's Connor Tomchick 3-6, but rallied to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-3. At second singles, freshman Conner Downing picked up a straightforward 6-1, 6-0 win, while freshman Max Hammond battled opponent Andrew Logue to a close 6-7 loss in his first set before taking a 1-6 loss in the next. The doubles squads were also split along win-loss, with first doubles pairing Dunavon Belisle and Zak Danz earning a victory and James Kelliher and David Webster taking a loss. 

Girls' lacrosse powered to a 12-3 win over visiting Fairhaven, with senior captain Charlotte McCarron and sophomore Lee Hayman leading the offense. Hayman notched three goals and three assists, while McCarron had four goals and one assist. Sophomore Belle Dinning had three goals and one assist. Other players scoring for the Vineyard were Molly Houghton, Zoe Listro, Aubrey Ashmun, Emily deBettencourt and Olivia Ogden. 

The varsity baseball team dropped a close 2-1 pitchers' duel to visiting Blackstone Valley, despite junior captain Tim Roberts' standout performance on the mound. The junior varsity team picked up their second straight win, however, going 8-3 against Blackstone. Freshman pitcher Aidan Aliberti earned the win, with Chris Mayhew and James Sashin closing out the game. Peter Engley notched a triple and two RBIs, with Jeff Cimeno, Nainoa Cooperrider and Jack Sayre sparking the offense. 

In photo, sophomore Lee Hayman on the draw against Fairhaven

JV Baseball Rallies for 8-6 Comeback Win

Friday, April 11

The junior varsity baseball team rallied for its first win in more than a year on Wednesday afternoon, defeating visiting Bishop Stang in an 8-6 comeback. 

Trailing 6-1 at the bottom of the fifth, the Vineyard buckled down on both offense and defense, notching seven runs in the final two innings while holding Stang scoreless. 

Freshmen Taber Caron and James Sashin led the offense; both had two hits while Caron also drove in three runs. Freshman Jack Sayre contributed three RBIs as well, and freshman Peter Engley had an RBI triple. 

Pitching duty was shared by Aidan Aliberti and James Sashin, with Aliberti striking out six in four innings and Sashin holding down the fort for two innings, allowing no runs. 

The team hosts Pope John Paul High School at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the varsity field.

The varsity team fell 10-3 in their home opener against Stang. They are now 2-2 on the season. 


Fraser Earns Hobey Baker Award

Friday, April 11

Senior hockey captain Brian Fraser received the Hobey Baker High School Character Award during a ceremony held April 7 at the TD Garden in Boston. 

He is the second player in the Vineyard program to earn the award, which was established in 2003 by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation. The foundation is best known for its annual award given to the top college player in the country in memory of Hobey Baker, one of the premier amateur hockey players of the sport's early days.

The high school award is based on character, and is highly regarded by varsity head coach Matt Mincone, who has nominated just two players in the history of the Vineyard program: Stephen Greenberg in 2007, and Fraser. 

Fraser, a four-year varsity player, has been a crucial part of the Vineyard offense during his career, working through the offseason to finetune his skills. An honors student and Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star, he also closed out this season as the team's top goal scorer, with 33 goals, and was 15th in the state of Massachusets in total points (33 goals, 17 assists). 


Down to the Wire, Sailing Team Defeats St. George's

Wednesday, April 9

The spring sailing season is barely underway, but the Vineyarders have already had a team milestone: last Saturday the team defeated St. George's (R.I.) for the first time in program history.  

"As far as team racing goes it was an awesome race, it came down to the wire," head coach Andrew Burr said of the St. George's win.  

In the best of five series, held in Newport, the Vineyard jumped out to a 2-0 lead. But St. George's won the next two races, setting up a final showdown between the teams. 

The sailors were up to the task, with juniors Eli Hanschka and Zana Van Rooyen, junior Raz Sayre and sophomore Adam Bilodeau, and juniors Charlie Morano and Ellie Reagan outmanuevering St. George's to secure the win.  

"They executed when they had to," Coach Burr said. Captains Hanschka, Sayre and Morano were sailing with different crew members than usual (crew positions are "very, very competitive right now," Coach Burr said).

With the win, the Vineyard moved to a 3-1 season record. Last Thursday, the team defeated Dartmouth 3-0. They host Pope John Paul II High School today, and travel to Greenwich this weekend. 


Softball, Boys' Tennis Off To 3-0 Starts

Tuesday, April 8

Two Vineyard teams are off to 3-0 starts after the first week of play, with boys' tennis and softball both unbeaten as they enter their first Eastern Athletic Conference games of the year. 

The young tennis team, with just one senior on the roster, rolled to its first two victories, sweeping visiting Norton last Wednesday and following it up with another 5-0 win over Fairhaven on Friday. Varsity newcomers Conner Downing, Max Hammond, Zak Danz, James Kelliher and David Webster picked up their first--and second--varsity wins. 

After the relatively straightforward wins last week, the team traveled to Sandwich Monday to go 4-1 over the Blue Knights. Danz and doubles partner Dunovan Belisle picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win, a score matched by second doubles team Kelliher and Webster. Senior captain Patrick McCarthy took the lone loss to Sandwich's number one player, while Downing, playing in the number two spot, went 6-3, 6-4. 

Hammond, though he dropped the first set to Sandwich's number three player, went 6-0 in the next set and won the tiebreaker 10-8 to seal the match.

The team begins league play Wednesday at 3 p.m. with a home match against Bishop Stang. 

League play also begins Wednesday for the softball team, who are hoping to break their 1-39 streak in the EAC as they travel to Stang. 

The Vineyarders had a week of competition before entering play in the always-challenging league. 

Building on an 11-run first inning and a grand slam by junior Mariah Duarte, the softball team defeated visiting O'Bryant 23-11 in five innings in the team's home opener last Thursday. Sophomore Jessica Sonia earned her first varsity win on the mound. Sonia also earned a win on Saturday during a double header against Randolph. Senior Sarah Strem picked up her first varsity win in the first contest against Randolph, allowing just two runs in five innings. The Vineyard won 14-2.  

Sophomore Alistair Rizza leads the team in batting average. Rizza has knocked in two doubles and a triple, and is 10-for 12. Sophomore Emily Turney is 6-for-8, and senior captain Miranda Tokarza is 8-for-11 with three doubles. Sophomore Jess Sauter has five doubles on the season and is 8-for-12. 

In picture, senior captain Patrick McCarthy serves against Fairhaven last Friday. 


Girls' Lacrosse Earns First Home Win Over Whalers

Tuesday, April 8

The girls' lacrosse team picked up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon with a decisive 15-9 victory over visiting Nantucket. Senior Zoe Listro led the way in scoring with five goals and four assists, while senior captain Isabel Smith notched four goals and one assist. Junior Lucy Hackey and sophomore Lee Hayman scored two goals each with one assist. 

"Almost all of the goals had assists, which I like to see," head coach Betsy Dripps said. Coach Dripps added that the Vineyarders' team play and passing was improving with each game. 

Sophomore goalie Samantha Hargy had a strong game in net with 11 saves. 

The team is now 1-2 after a difficult start to the schedule, which featured the girls' most challenging league opponent, Biship Feehan, in their opening game. The Vineyarders stayed with Feehan through the first quarter, but the Shamrocks pulled away in the second to take an 18-7 win. Hargy picked up 19 saves, keeping the team in the contest throughout, but her Feehan counterpart stopped 25 shots to thwart the Vineyard attack. Junior center Emily deBettencourt played a key role on the draw notching one goal and one assist. 

The girls nearly pulled off a 6-goal comeback against visiting Bridgewater-Raynham on Friday afternoon in a game that came "down to the wire," Coach Dripps said. Down 11-5, the Vineyarders rallied to pull within one goal. Bridgewater-Raynham stepped up their defensive efforts in the final five minutes to keep the Vineyard's hopes at bay, and pocketed an insurance goal in the final Smith led the Vineyard scoring with three goals and one assists, while Hackney had two goals and two assists. deBettencourt had one goal and two assists. 

Tuesday's game against Coyle & Cassidy was postponed until Wednesday. The girls continue league play against Bishop Stang on Thursday in an away contest.