By Ivy Ashe

Boys' Basketball Defeats Norwell 69-51 in First Round

Tuesday, February 25

The Vineyard basketball team’s stifling defense returned with a vengeance Tuesday night as the boys kicked off the first round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Assocation postseason with a 69-51 defeat of Norwell. 

The Vineyard held Norwell to just three points—all on free throws—in the second quarter, and just 13 points overall in the first half.

Junior Alex GordonBeck led the offense with 15 points, and junior co-captain Tim Roberts notched 14. Senior Deshawn James scored all 12 of his points in the first quarter.

Norwell rallied to score 21 points in the final quarter, but could not overcome the deficit. 

“The defense was as good as it’s been all season,” head coach Mike Joyce said after the game. “The energy was there.”

“If we can get out on the fast breaks and grab the rebounds, we’re good,” he said.

The Vineyard is now 17-4 on the season. They will play number six seed Wareham on Thursday at home in the quarterfinals of the south sectional tournament. Game time is at 4:30 p.m.

In picture, senior Matt Marchand outpaces Norwell’s Will Plansky

This post has been updated to include the Vineyard's Thursday opponent and the correct game time.  

Postseason Seedings Announced, Tourney Action Begins Tuesday

Sunday, February 23

The Olympics are ending, but competition is just heating up at the high school. Postseason action kicks off Tuesday evening as two Vineyard teams host back-to-back competitions. 

Boys’ basketball, seeded third with a 16-4 record, hosts Norwell at 4:30 p.m. Norwell is seeded eleventh, and is 10-10 on the season.

Boys’ hockey takes on Sandwich at 6 p.m. The Vineyard (13-5-2) is seeded sixth. Sandwich (8-7-3) is seeded eleventh.

Tickets for both basketball and hockey games are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults.

Girls' hockey, seeded fourteenth, will play at home on Wednesday afternoon. The team (11-6-3) takes on 19-seed Algonquin at 4:30 p.m. 

Girls’ basketball travels to Taunton on Wednesday to play Coyle & Cassidy. The girls are 11-9 and are seeded eleventh. They have faced Coyle, a league opponent, twice in the regular season. In the teams’ first meeting, the girls took a narrow 36-34 loss. The Vineyard fell 56-47 in the second meeting.

In picture, freshman Josh Forend plays on home ice. 

Final Games of Regular Season Wrapped Friday Night

Saturday, February 22

After two days of home action, the regular season concluded for Vineyard teams on Friday evening. 

On Friday night, the boys' hockey team defeated Nauset 11-2 before a large home crowd. with seniors Tyson Araujo, Sam Burke, Andrew Carroll, Brian Fraser, and Caleb Hallett honored before the game. Fraser closed out the first period with back-to-back goals, and kicked off the second period with two more scores; fellow cocaptain Araujo notched five assists and one goal. Junior Alexander Vukota and freshman Tristan Araujo each scored two goals, and senior Sam Burke, making his return to home ice from an injury, had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Bryce Nelson scored his first varsity goal on an assist from fellow sophomore Greg McCarron. Hallett entered the match in the third period to close out his career in goal. 

Girls' basketball and girls' hockey played their final regular season games on Thursday, with the basketball squad falling 54-46 to a tough Sabis International Charter School Team and hockey dropping a narrow 4-3 contest to league opponent Marshfield. 

Freshman Erin Hill led Vineyard scoring against Sabis, with 19 points. Junior Lucy Hackney scored 12 points, and senior cocaptain Kat deBettencourt had 8. The Vineyard hung with Sabis through the first half, trailing by just a point as the third quarter began. Sabis scored seven unanswered points to pull away soon after. A strong fourth quarter of scoring could not make up the difference. 

A late goal by Marshfield with less than a minute of play proved the hockey team's downfall, and gave the Vineyard their first league loss of the season. The team had rallied from a 2-0 deficit, with Emily Hammet putting the Vineyard on the board (assisted by Belle Dinning) and defender Olivia Ogden made a perfect snap to tie the game in the third. Erin Hegarty's goal shortly after put the team ahead, but Marshfield made a late run to score with 31 seconds left on the clock. 

Varsity seniors Alex Clark, Emily Hammett, Haven Huck and Callie Jackson, along with junior varsity seniors Emelia Cappelli, Alice Keenan, and Mikayla Tinus were honored before the game. 

In picture, junior Taija Browne (20), freshman Erin Hill (5) and junior Emily deBettencourt (11) make a run against Sabis International Charter School. 

Four Vineyarders Named to Girls' Hockey All-Star Team

Tuesday, February 18

The Vineyard girls' hockey team will be well-represented at this Saturday's Southeastern Massachusetts Girls Hockey League All-Star Game.

Senior captain Callie Jackson, junior forwards Aubrey Ashmun and Sydney Davies, and junior defender Olivia Ogden were all named All-Stars, and will compete at Gallo Arena. This is Ashmun's second All-Star game. She currently has 20 goals and 14 assists on the season.

Jackson has 19 goals and 16 assists on the season. Davies has 17 goals and 11 assists. 

In addition to the strong showing from the players' bench, head coach John Fiorito was also named a coach of the All-Star teams. 

In picture, senior Callie Jackson (24) in a faceoff as teammates Aubrey Ashmun (10) and Sydney Davies (8) wait for the feed.  

Girls' Hockey Draws with King Philip, 3-3

Tuesday, February 18

Juniors Aubrey Ashmun and Sydney Davies notched a goal and an assist apiece as the Vineyarders split with nonleague opponent King Philip Regional High on Monday afternoon. The Vineyarders move to 10-5-3 on the season, and play their final game on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Marshfield. 

Davies took a feed from Ashmun early in the first to get the Vineyard on the board, but a late power play goal by King Philip evened the score. The Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the second period before senior captain Callie Jackson tied the game for the Vineyard. 

Ashmun scored her 20th goal of the season on a breakaway rush in the second to put the team up 3-2. The Warriors tied the game on a third-period power play. 

Head coach John Fiorito said the team achieved its goal of shutting down KP leading scorer Danielle Hamilton, who scored all of the goals in her squad's 4-3 defeat of the Vineyard last week.

In picture, junior defender Olivia Ogden keeps the puck out of KP reach. 

Basketball Teams Defeat Somerset

Tuesday, February 18

The Vineyard boys clinched a share of the Eastern Athletic Conference Title and the girls secured their spot in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association postseason tournament after wins against league opponent Somerset on Friday. 

The girls, playing on home court, cruised to a 60-32 win against the Raiders, with senior Kat deBettencourt leading the scoring. They enter the Bourne Tournament with a 10-7 record, and will play their final home game of the season on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. against Sabis International Charter School. 

The boys battled to a 85-83 overtime win to clinch a share of the EAC title for the fifth straight year. Somerset entered the game needing a win to make the tournament and "they played like it," head coach Mike Joyce said. The Raiders hit seven shots in a row to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but a clutch overtime performance by senior captain Kane Araujo (two free throws) and senior Navardo Anderson (five points), kept the Vineyard in the game. A three-pointer attempt by Somerset bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

The boys takes on Dennis-Yarmouth today and travel to the Dedham Tournament Wednesday and Thursday. A scheduled contest against Danvers was cancelled due to the weekend snowstorm. 

Both the boys' and girls' teams will receive their MIAA tournament seedings on Friday. 

Boys' Hockey Takes Third in Home Tournament

Tuesday, February 18

Last year the Vineyard boys' hockey squad won their home ice tournament, but history would not repeat itself as the 17th Annual Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Tournament kicked off over the holiday weekend. 

The team fell 5-3 to Lynnfield on Saturday and drew with a chippy Dennis-Yarmouth squad 4-4 during Sunday's consolation game. Westwood defeated Lynnfield 4-1 in the championship game to walk away tournament victors. 

During Saturday's game, the Vineyard went up 3-1 against Lynnfield on goals by seniors Brian Fraser and Tyson Araujo and junior Andrew Wiley. The Pioneers made the most of an early third period power play to tie the game, and took the lead on another power play with four minutes remaining. 

On Sunday, Dennis-Yarmouth took a 3-1 lead before a goal by senior Andrew Carroll brought the Vineyard within striking distance. Back-to-back power plays kept the team's hopes alive: Fraser tied the game on a textbook setup from Araujo and Alexander Vukota, and a long wrist shot from Vukota to Wiley put the Vineyard ahead 4-3 with nine minutes left in the game. The Vineyard offense outshot D-Y 15-4 in the third period, but after a set of Vineyard penalties, D-Y took advantage of the 5-on-3 imbalance to rush the goal and tie the game. A late offensive surge by the Vineyard was not enough to seal the match.

The Purple and White instead wore shades of green and brown throughout the tournament in honor of Military Appreciation Weekend. The special camouflage jerseys were also sported by many in the crowd, as well as by the squad of Mites that scrimmaged between the first and second periods on Saturday night. The Vineyard's opening match was preceded by a color guard ceremony by the United States Coast Guard, after which the team announced that it had exceeded its fundraising goal for the Wounded Warriors Fund, raising a total of $6,025 for the organization. 

The team is now 12-4-2 on the season, and takes on Bishop Feehan on Wednesday in an away game. Their final home game is on Friday against Nauset. 

In picture, Tyson Araujo, Brian Fraser, Aksel Cooperrider, Greg McCarron and Alexander Vukota celebrate a Vineyard goal. 

Updated Presidents Day Weekend Sports Schedule

Saturday, February 15

Several high school sports games scheduled for Saturday have been postponed in light of an evening blizzard forecast.

Athletics director Mark McCarthy said that the boys' hockey tournament, which begins tonight and continues Sunday, will go on as scheduled. The Vineyard plays Lynnfield at 7 p.m. tonight.

The varsity boys' basketball game against Danvers has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 16, at 2 p.m. 

The varsity girls' basketball game against Sabis International Charter School was postponed to Thursday, February 20.

The girls' hockey contest against North Quincy has been postponed but not yet rescheduled. The girls' home game against King Philip Regional High remains set for Monday, February 17, at 1 p.m. 

Presidents Day Weekend Sports Preview

Friday, February 14

When you're not cheering for Team USA over the holiday weekend, head to the high school gym and the ice arena to root for the Vineyard. All varsity basketball and hockey teams are playing at home in the penultimate week of the regular season.

Games begin Friday afternoon as girls' basketball takes on league opponent Somerset Berkley at 4:30 p.m. The girls are 9-7 on the season; a win this weekend would put them into the postseason tournament.

Saturday is packed with home court action, beginning at 1 p.m. when girls' hockey hosts league opponent North Quincy. Later in the afternoon, boys' basketball looks for a win over defending state champion Danvers—the team that knocked the Vineyard out of the postseason last year. Earlier this month, Danvers hosted the Vineyard and came away with a 62-45 win.

Tipoff for the varsity matchup is at 3:30 p.m.

Girls' basketball hits the court for their second game of the weekend at 7 p.m. against Sabis International Charter School.

The boys' hockey team hosts the annual Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Tournament beginning Saturday evening. Last year the Vineyarders won the tournament, and are seeking a repeat title.

The boys taken on Lynnfield at 7 p.m. on Saturday and will play either Dennis-Yarmouth or Westwood on Sunday. Consolation and championship games are on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Girls' hockey closes out the long weekend on Monday with a matchup against King Philip Regional High. Game time is at 1 p.m.  

In picture, girls' basketball captain Kat deBettencourt moves against Coyle & Cassidy. 

Tisbury Boys and Edgartown Girls Take Middle School Basketball Titles

Tuesday, February 11

Cars filled the parking lot and lined Sanderson Drive Monday evening as the middle school basketball championship games tipped off. 

In the boys' contest, the Tisbury Tigers overcame the Edgartown Eagles to win the title 47-34. Tisbury eighth grader Cole Houston notched 27 points. 

But Edgartown came out on top in the girls' contest, after a fight to the finish against the Oak Bluffs Blazers. Down 17-13 at the half, the Eagles rallied to tie the game at 19 points and used strong defense to hold off an Oak Bluffs surge led by Molly deBettencourt. Molly scored 29 points to lead the Blazers. Clare Naughton led the Eagles with 13 points. 

In picture, Edgartown eighth grader Kiana Casey breaks past Kathleen Alves, Rose Engler and Molly deBettencourt of Oak Bluffs. 

See more photos of the championship games.