By Ivy Ashe

Boys' Tennis Postseason Ends With Loss to Cohasset

Monday, June 9

A strong Cohasset side defeated the young Vineyard tennis team last Thursday, taking the south section division three semifinal match 4-1. Freshman Finn Simpkins, playing at third singles, earned the Vineyard's lone win of the day. 

The team, seeded second in the bracket, closes their season with a 15-2 record. Cohasset, entering as the number three seed with a 17-2 record, went on to defeat Pope John Paul in the section finals, and advance to the state tournament itself.

All but one of the varsity squad will return next year. Senior captain Patrick McCarthy, a four-year varsity player and member of both of the Vineyard's state championship teams, graduated Sunday. 

Boys' Tennis Sweeps Norwell in Division Quarterfinals

Tuesday, June 3

The boys' tennis team cruised to its first postseason victory Monday afternoon, going 5-0 against visting Norwell in the quarterfinal round of the division three south section tournament. 

"I think everyone played well," head coach Josh Schaan said after the match. "People were being consistent. It was smart tennis being played." The Vineyard, seeded second in the south bracket, earned a first-round bye. Norwell was seeded seventh. 

The match lasted just under two hours, although the Vineyard had secured its team win well before. 

At first singles, senior captain Patrick McCarthy defeated Cam Roach 6-2, 6-3, while sophomore Connor Downing earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over Willie McDonald. Freshman Finn Simpkins took a first-set tiebreaker win over Devin Chan at third singles before going 6-1 in the second set. 

The first doubles duo of junior Dunovan Belisle and freshman Zak Danz went 6-0, 6-3 against Andrew Cibotti and Jack Duckworth.

Norwell's second doubles team proved the biggest challenge for the Vineyard, but sophomore Charlie Parkhurst and freshman Max Hammond were up to the challenge. Hammond and Parkhurst outlasted Liam Beal and Sam Rinko 7-6 (7-3) in a tiebreaker first set, then went 6-3 in the second. 

The Vineyard will host number three seed Cohasset at home on Wednesday in the section semifinals. Match time is at 3 p.m. 

In picture, freshman Finn Simpkins volleys against Norwell's Devin Chan. 



Boys' Lacrosse, Girls' Tennis Fall in Postseason

Monday, June 2

Two Vineyard teams saw their postseasons come to an end last week, with girls' tennis dropping its first-round match to rival Cohasset, and boys' lacrosse falling to number-three seed Hanover in the quarterfinals of the division three south section tournament.

The boys, seeded eleventh in the bracket, picked up a close 9-7 win over sixth-seeded Old Rochester on Thursday, but could not overcome the Indians' offense. The team lost 14-3, and finishes the season with an 11-9 record.

The girls' tennis team fell 5-0 to number-two seed Cohasset on Thursday, playing with a squad that did not include number one singles player Samantha Potter or number three singles player Charlotte Potter. The Vineyard was seeded fifteenth in the bracket. They close the season with an 8-9 record.

Postseason play continues today at 3:00 p.m. as boys' tennis begins its playoff bid. The team, seeded second, hosts number-seven seed Norwell.  

Three Vineyard Teams Head to MIAA Postseason

Wednesday, May 28

Both tennis teams and the boys' lacrosse squad will represent the Vineyard when Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association tournament play begins later this week. 

Boys' tennis is coming off back-to-back division three state championship titles, and enters the postseason with just one loss. The squad is 14-1, and received a number two seed in the division three south section bracket. They earned a bye in the first round and will play either Norwell or Sturgis Charter at home on June 2. Match time is at 3:30 p.m. at the newly christened Ned Fennessy tennis courts. 

Last weekend, the Vineyard doubles team of junior Dunavon Belisle and freshman Zak Danz competed in the second week of the MIAA individual championships, but fell in the first round to number one seeds Justin McGaffigan and Charles Morris, of BC High. 

The girls' tennis team, with an 8-8 record and number-15 seed, begins play against the team that has knocked the Vineyard out of the postseason for the past two years: Cohasset. Cohasset is seeded number two and anchored by individual state champ Emma Davis (who defeated Vineyard junior Samantha Potter last weekend en route to defending her individual title). The teams will meet at Cohasset on Thursday. 

Boys' lacrosse also begins tournament play on Thursday, taking on number seven seed Old Rochester (13-5) in an away game. The Vineyard closed the regular season 10-8, and is the number 11 seed in the south section bracket. 

In picture, senior Tyler Paulson on the field against Pembroke.

Vineyard Track Takes Third in EAC Championship Meet

Friday, May 23

Senior captain Jeremy Alley-Tarter and freshman Livy Smith turned in winning performances Tuesday as the track and field squads traveled to Attleboro for the Eastern Athletic Conference championship meet. Alley-Tarter turned in a 1:57.6 in the 800-metre run to take first place. Smith picked up a victory in the 100-metre high hurdles with a time of 16.7 seconds, a feat particularly impressive since she only started running the event midway through the season. She was also second in the high jump and the 400-metre low hurdles. 

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams took third place at the championship meet, after a “close race for second,” according to head coach Joe Schroeder. Perennial track powerhouse Bishop Feehan ran away with first place, while Somerset Berkley took second.

Though league competition is finished, the track squads will continue their season as they prepare for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association division three meet in two weeks.

Several Vineyard athletes finished in scoring position (top six), with sophomore Chase Sylvia scoring 14 points for the Vineyard by placing in three events, taking third in the long jump (19’1.5”) and fourth in both the 400 metre hurdles (66.64 seconds) and high jump (5’6”). Ennis Foster was second in the 200-metre run (24.6 seconds) and sixth in the long jump, while junior Kevin Montambault was second in the 110-metre hurdles with a time of 16.7 seconds. Senior Andrew Jacobs Walsh took third in the discus (119’6”) and sixth in the shot put (41’5.5”), and senior Joe Turney was fourth in the javelin (143’4”) and fifth in the long jump (18’11”). Senior Tony Breth placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 38’9”.

On the girls’ side, Sabrina Reppert was second in the javelin (93’) and part of the 4x400 relay team which finished third (4:42 minutes). Senior Kat Dorr and freshmen Mary McCarthy and Pearl Vercruysse rounded out the relay squad. Dorr also took sixth in the triple jump (29’6”), while Vercruysse was fourth in the mile (5:50 minutes). Freshman Juniper Ezanno took fourth in the triple jump (30’9.5”) and fifth in the long jump (14’10”).

Other top finishers for the Vineyard were Erik Faber (high jump), Nick Sesset (800 metre run), Ethan LeFebvre (triple jump), George Sykes (two-mile run), Whitney Schroeder (javelin), Grace Oslyn (discus), and Madison Moreis (triple jump). 

Vineyard Sailing Makes History, Qualifies for Mark Trophy

Thursday, May 15

The Vineyard sailing team earned its first-ever berth in the annual New England Schools Sailing Association team racing championship race on Tuesday, making history for the program. They are one of eight teams in the region--representing a mix of both public and private schools--that will contend for the Fritz Mark Trophy this weekend at the Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville. 

The top two finishing schools at the Mark Trophy race will compete at team racing nationals, held May 23-25 in Houston, Texas. The third- and fourth-place schools will compete at the National Invitational Tournament the same weekend, which will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Vineyard sailors are 9-0 in the Cape & Island League, and 19-3 overall. Selection for Mark Trophy contention is determined by schedule strength and win-loss record. The Vineyard finished sixth in the selection process, and is the number two public school in New England.

Head coach Andrew Burr said Wednesday that this year was a particularly challenging one for Mark Trophy contention. Perennial contender Tabor Academy did not make the top eight for the first time in the history of the trophy. 

The Vineyard will compete against St. George's School (Rhode Island), Portsmouth Abbey School (Rhode Island), Cape Cod Academy, Manchester-Essex Regional High School, the Hotchkiss School (Connecticut), Milton Academy, and the Brunswick School (Connecticut). 

In picture, junior captain Eli Hanschka on the water during a scrimmage with Cape Cod Academy.

Boys' Lacrosse Falls 9-8 to Pembroke in OT Battle

Sunday, May 11

An overtime thrilled ended on the wrong side of victory for the Vineyard boys on Saturday afternoon as the team fell 9-8 to visiting nonleague opponent Pembroke. 

The Vineyard dominated faceoffs in the contest, but was otherwise evenly matched with Pembroke, trading goals with the Titans throughout the contest. Junior Mike Mazza kicked off the scoring for the Vineyard early in the first quarter, with senior Tyler Paulson chipping in a goal with four seconds remaining. Paulson landed a second goal late in the first half. The second half belong to seniors Sam Burke and Tony Canha in scoring, with both scoring two goals. 

Canha's second goal midway through the final quarter put the Vineyard up 7-6, but Pembroke tied the game with just under ten minutes remaining in play and won the next faceoff. A strong defensive effort by the Vineyard forced a turnover, setting the stage for Burke's final goal, on an assist from Mike Morris. Pembroke scored once more to make the game 8-8 with five minutes left.

With 1:17 on the clock, defender Andrew Fournier made a interception to put the ball back in Vineyard hands. With 1.2 seconds left on the team made a last-gasp attempt at scoring in regulation, but the shot was deflected. 

Pembroke scored the game-winner a minute and a half into the overtime period. 

The Vineyarders are now 7-6 on the season. They will play Dennis-Yarmouth at home on Thursday. Game time is at 3 p.m. 

In picture, defender Andrew Fournier stays close on Pembroke's heels. 

Girls' Lacrosse Takes Two in a Row

Friday, May 9

Girls' lacrosse picked up two decisive wins in a row this week, paving the way for a week of interleague competition as they defeated Coyle & Cassidy and Pembroke. 

The team beat Pembroke 14-7, a victory made particularly sweet by the fact that the girls had lost 13-9 to the Titans. Sophomore goalie Sam Hargy came out strong, stopping three hard shots early in the game. The Vineyard scored three goals in the first four minutes, and led 6-4 at the half before pulling away in the final portion of the game. Senior captain Charlotte McCarron led scoring with four goals and one assists. Hayman notched three goals and three assists, and senior captain Issy Smith scored three goals and one assists. Junior center Emily DeBettencourt was crucial on the draw, while junior Aubrey Ashmun and sophomore Molly Houghton anchored the midfield. The Vineyard zone defense of Alex Clark, Katrina Lakis, Olivia Ogden, KC Wallace and Emma Yuen shut down the Pembroke attack throughout the game. 

Smith led the team in scoring during the Vineyard's 13-2 rout of Coyle & Cassidy on Tuesday, scoring 4 goals and landing 3 assists. 

The team is now 4-7 on the season. They will travel to Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Bishop Feehan Monday before returning for a home contest against Bishop Stang Tuesday. Game time is at 3 p.m. 


Lacrosse Alum Earns Collegiate Conference Honors

Tuesday, May 6

Former regional high school lacrosse standout Madison Hughes was named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team last week, one of four players from Central Connecticut State University to make the 14-player roster. 

Hughes, a sophomore at Central Connecticut State University, signed with the Blue Devils' program two years ago. A four-year varsity starter and senior captain for the Vineyard squad, she was the first player in the history of the high school girls' program to sign with a division I school. 

This is the first season Hughes has earned NEC honors. She led the Blue Devils in ground balls (37 on the season) after making the switch to defense from her former attack/midfield position, and contibuted to the team's offensive effort with five goals and one assist. 

In picture, Madison Hughes during her senior season with the Vineyard. 


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.