By Ivy Ashe

Squirts Win Big in Championship Game

Tuesday, April 1

A young Martha's Vineyard Squirts 1 team carried the day last Wednesday as they defeated a seasoned Nantucket team in a 2-1 overtime win to take home the Cape & Islands championship trophy .

The Squirts closed their regular season with a 16-4-2 record, and defeated Dennis-Yarmouth 2-0 in their first playoff game last month. The team did not play for three weeks before their Nantucket match.

On Wednesday the team traveled to Hyannis to face off against Nantucket, taking a 1-0 lead in the first period after a Jack Lionnette's pass set up teammate Richie Combra for a top shelf goal. Head coach Geoghan Coogan described the play as

Goalie Oliver Lively's standout play in the second period kept his team in the thick of the fight and earned a comparison to Tuuka Rask from Nantucket's coach after the game. Neither squad managed a score, and the Vineyard entered the third fighting to hold on to their lead.

Nantucket scored the tying goal with just over a minute left in regulation.

The Whalers took two penalities early into overtime, setting the Vineyard up with a 5-on-3 power play. Dylan Biggs, moved up to forward, grabbed the puck in the Nantucket zone and brought it across the ice to set Will Bruguiere up for a quick behind-the-net sweep. Will tucked the puck behind Nantucket's keeper “before the goaltender could even make a move on the puck,” head coach Geoghan Coogan reported.

Coach Coogan said this is the last year the team will compete in the Cape & Islands League; the Squirts 1 will move to a new league next season. The win was a way to "go out in style," Coach Coogan said. 

The Squirts 1 team is comprised of Dylan Biggs, Will Bruguiere, Richie Combra, John Coogan, Cam Geary, Eli Gundersen, Jack Lionnette, Oliver Lively, Matthew Pouliot, Nicholas Rego, Daniel Serpa, Jacob Silvia, and Noah Smith.

In picture, the Squirts celebrate their overtime championship win. Photo courtesy Geoghan Coogan. 

Vineyard Masters Swimming Race to Finish at New Englands

Tuesday, April 1

The past two weekends have seen a strong showing from the Martha's Vineyard Masters Swim Team as they competed in the New England Short Course Championships. The group finished third of 18 squads competing in their division, and 33rd of all 64 teams at the event.

Rainy Goodale, competing in the women's 40-44 group, swept the breaststroke events, winning the 50, 100, and 200-yard races in times of 33.47, 1:13.41, and 2:39.96, respectively. Goodale also took third place in the 100-yard IM (1:08.86) and scored points in both the 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle.

Leslie Craven (women's 50-54), placed second in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 21:08.24. Craven was third in the 200-yard freestyle and 4th in the 500-yard free. As with Goodale, Craven scored points in the 50 fly and 50 free.

Jonathan Chatinover (men's 50-54) picked up a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard IM, scoring points in eight other events.  

 

All-Star Basketball and Hockey Games to Feature Vineyard Athletes

Monday, March 10

The winter sports season has ended for Vineyard teams, but several individual athletes will compete in all-star games in the coming weeks. Girls' hockey sent three players to the Southeastern Massachusetts Girls Hockey League All-Star Game last month, with senior co-captain Callie Jackson and juniors Aubrey Ashmun and Olivia Ogden taking the ice for the Vineyard. 

The Cape Cod All-Star Basketball Games takes place this Sunday, March 16, in Hyannis. Each of the Cape games features 28 players from around the region. 

Senior co-captain Kat deBettencourt, junior Taija Browne, and freshman Erin Hill represent the Vineyard in the girls' lineup, competing for the Lower Cape squad. Browne and Hill both made their varsity debuts this year, with Browne a crucial part of the Vineyard passing game. Hill dominated the boards throughout the season and was second in team scoring. deBettencourt, a three-year starter, captained the golf team in the fall and was the team's leading scorer. 

The boys' leading scorer, senior Deshawn James, represents the Vineyard on the boys' Lower Cape roster. James averaged nearly 20 points per game before the postseason began, and 14 ppg in the tournament. 

Hockey senior co-captain Tyson Araujo competes in the Shriners All-Star Hockey Classic on March 22 in Worcester. The game features 50 of the top senior players in Massachusetts. Araujo, who will play on the Southern Massachusetts roster, is the first Vineyard player to be named to the team. He closed the season the leading scorer in the state, with 71 points. 

The starting six for the hockey classic will be determined by text votes. Fans can vote for Araujo by texting his last name to 74499. Voting ends March 16. 

In picture, Tyson Araujo skates against Medfield in the division two south section quarterfinals last week. 

This post has been updated to include freshman Erin Hill on the girls' roster for the Cape Cod All-Star Basketball Game. 

Boys' Basketball Takes 64-63 OT Loss To Spellman in Semis

Wednesday, March 5

In a game that came down to the final seconds, the Vineyard boys’ basketball team fell 64-63 in overtime to Cardinal Spellman in the semifinals of the division three south section tournament. 

Three busloads of Vineyard fans made the trip to Taunton High School for the game.

The Vineyard had met its match in terms of defense, with Spellman equally as aggressive on the boards and equally stifling on the court.

Down by four points after the first quarter, the Vineyard came back in the second to move ahead 28-22. Spellman’s defense held the boys to four points until the final three minutes of the third, when senior Deshawn James scored six points in a row. 

The fourth quarter began with the Vineyard up by three, a lead they extended thanks to gritty rebound work by juniors Tim Roberts and Alex GordonBeck. With five minutes remaining, the team was ahead by ten points.

But Spellman rallied to eat away at the Vineyard lead, stepping up their own defense as they did so. With eight seconds left in regulation, Spellman’s Joe Crane hit a jumper to tie the game 51-51.

The last time the Vineyard played Spellman in the tournament was three years ago. That game went to double overtime; the Vineyard fell 88-85.

As overtime began it appeared that Spellman would continue to rack up the points, but the Vineyard kept a win in sight; a Roberts free throw and a clutch Kane Araujo three-pointer with thirteen seconds left put the teams one point apart, 62-61. Spellman pulled ahead on free throws, and though James hit his final shot of the night to make the score 64-63, time had run out for the Vineyard.

The team closes their season 18-5.

In picture, junior Alex GordonBeck goes for a basket against Cardinal Spellman. 

 

Boys' Basketball Set For Cardinal Spellman In Semis

Monday, March 3

Bring on the rematch.

The Vineyard boys' basketball team travels to Taunton High School on Wednesday to take on Cardinal Spellman in the semifinals of the division three south section bracket. Game time is at 5 p.m.

Three years ago, the Vineyarders faced Cardinal Spellman in the south section finals. That game went to triple overtime, with Spellman coming out on top, 88-85. 

This year, the two teams enter the semifinals with identical records (18-4). Spellman, the number two seed in the bracket, cruised to two easy wins over Hanover and Dedham in the early rounds. 

The third-seeded Vineyard enters Wednesday's contest fresh off win over Wareham and Norwell. A win would put the Vineyard in the section finals against either Old Rochester or Westport. 

Free fan buses will travel to the game, and will meet the 2:30 p.m. boat leaving from Vineyard Haven in Woods Hole on Wednesday. Space can be reserved during lunch periods at the regional high school. 

Tickets can be purchased at Taunton High School, and are $5 for students/$7 for adults. 

In picture, senior Matt Marchand stays ahead of Wareham. Photo by Mark Lovewell. 

Boys' Hockey Exits Postseason After 3-1 Quarterfinals Loss

Saturday, March 1

The varsity boys' hockey team saw its postseason come to an end Saturday night, as the Vineyard fell 3-1 to number three seed Medfield in the quarterfinals of the division two south section tournament, held at Asiaf Ice Arena in Brockton. 

A busload of Vineyard fans, including the varsity basketball team, and dozens of Island cars made the trip up for the game. This is the the third year in a row the team has qualified for the tournament; last year, the boys fell 4-3 in overtime in the quarterfinals. 

Medfield is the number three seed in the south bracket, and entered with a 15-3-3 record. The Vineyard, fresh off a 2-1 overtime win against Sandwich in the tournament's first round, held a 14-5-2 record. 

After a formidable early offensive push from the Warriors, the sixth-seeded Vineyarders gained their footing and notched their only goal with five minutes remaining through the first period, as senior co-captain Brian Fraser slipped in a rebound from fellow co-captain Tyson Araujo. Sophomore goalie Wyatt Jenkinson dispatched a flurry of goals at the end of the period to stave off Medfield's attack. 

Medfield kept up the pressure in the second, and Warriors junior Jack Scannel tied the game in the eighth minute. Immediately after the following faceoff, the Warriors scored again to take the lead. 

The Vineyard had its lone power play of the game in the final minutes of the second but advances by Araujo, senior Andrew Carroll and junior Alexander Vukota were turned away by Medfield keeper Dan Graham. 

The Warriors scored their final goal on a rebound with six minutes remaining in the game. A final push by the Vineyard in the last minute, with six attackers on the ice, came up empty.  

In picture, junior Andrew Wiley races to the puck. See gallery of game pictures.

 

Vineyard Boys Defeat Wareham 73-53, Advance to Next Round

Thursday, February 27

A punishingly fast offense and the best defensive effort of the season led the Vineyard boys to a resounding 73-53 defeat of Wareham Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the south sectional tournament. 

The game was never in question as the Vineyard jumped to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter. Wareham pulled within ten points in the third quarter, but ulitmately could not make up the difference. 

Junior Alex GordonBeck scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the offense. Seniors Navardo Anderson and Deshawn James scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Senior co-captain Kane Araujo notched 12 points, all on three-pointers, and shut down Wareham's leading scorer throughout the contest.

But it was the rebounds that made the difference. GordonBeck and junior co-captain Tim Roberts (17 rebounds) were forces to be reckoned with on the backboard. 

"We had a lot of second chances, and didn't give them many," head coach Mike Joyce said after the game. 

The game was over in just an hour and fifteen minutes, with both teams full of energy and playing at a blistering pace. 

"That's what our games are like when we play Wareham," Coach Joyce said. "They play like we play--they want to run up and down." 

The stands were packed on the Vineyard side of the court, with the vocal student section dressed in black. Several fans wore Beat Wareham shirts from last year's playoff run. 

Coach Joyce said the fan support was "phenomenal."

"To get that many people out during school vacation is huge," he said. 

In picture, senior Deshawn James keeps his eye on the ball. Photo by Mark Lovewell. 

Boys' Hoops Set For Wareham Tonight

Thursday, February 27

The final home game of the postseason takes place today at 4:30 p.m.

Boys' basketball takes on playoffs rival Wareham in the quarterfinals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association south sectional tournament.

The Vineyard enters as the number three seed in the bracket, with a 17-4 record. Wareham, seeded sixth, is 16-5.

This is the fifth straight season the teams have met in the postseason, but history offers little indicator of which squad will come out on top. Last year, the Vineyard defeated Wareham in the section finals to advance to the state tournament. And the year before, it was Wareham that earned the section title.

On Tuesday, in the first round of the section tournament, the Vineyard defeated visiting Norwell 69-51.

Tickets for today's game are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  

In picture, senior Deshawn James goes for a basket against Norwell. 

Girls' Hockey Ends Season in Close 3-2 Loss

Wednesday, February 26

The Vineyard girls’ hockey team fell 3-2 to visiting Algonquin in the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association postseason tournament.

Both teams limited the other’s chances at scoring, with Algonquin stepping up pressure on Vineyard sharpeyes Callie Jackson, Sydney Davies and Aubrey Ashmun and the Vineyard returning the favor.

But Algonquin used some additional offensive pressure to beat out Vineyard keeper Jackie Hegarty in the first period, and kicked off the second with another score to make the game 2-0.

One minute later, Vineyard senior co-captain Callie Jackson won a faceoff and sent the puck to senior Alex Clark, who fired at Algonquin goalie Sasha Barry. Clark’s shot was deflected, but Jackson jumped on the rebound to give the team its first goal.

Penalties reigned in the second (six were handed down), with both teams struggling to convert the power play. An Algonquin scrum in the final two minutes of the period brought the Tomahawks their final goal.  

The Vineyard wasn’t finished yet; with 4:35 left in the game, junior Sydney Davies buried a Kylie Hatt rebound to put the team in striking distance. Two Aubrey Ashmun shots came inches from the net, and a late move by Jackson was again blocked by Barry.

Head coach John Fiorito said Algonquin was one of the best teams the Vineyard has faced all season.

“We were down a senior captain, and everybody stepped up,” he said (Emily Hammett, out recovering from appendicitis, donned her helmet in solidarity and coached from the bench). “We’d talked about limiting their chances, and we did that. We didn’t have a lot of opportunities, but when we did, they were good.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of the team,” Coach Fiorito said.

The Vineyard ends their season 11-7-3. With an 8-1-1 league record, they closed the regular season champions of the southeast division of the Southeastern Masssachusetts Girls Hockey League. 

In picture, senior Callie Jackson wins a faceoff against Algonquin. 

 

 

2-1 Overtime Win Sends Boys Hockey To Next Round

Tuesday, February 25

Vineyard head coach Matt Mincone had a feeling the hockey team’s first round playoffs game would go long.

And that’s just what happened Tuesday night as the Vineyarders defeated visiting Sandwich 2-1 in overtime before a roaring crowd. Just over two minutes into the extra time, senior co-captain Tyson Araujo swept the game winner past both a Sandwich defender and goalie Craig Hatfield to secure the Vineyard’s trip to the quarterfinals of the south section tournament.

The Vineyard scored in the first period on a beautiful setup by junior Matt Davies and senior Sam Burke, who fed to senior co-captain Brian Fraser. Fraser lifted the puck high into the right corner of the net for the goal.

"We definitely had the home ice advantage in the first," Coach Mincone said. The Vineyard outshot Sandwich 7-1 early on, but the Blue Knights rallied in the second and evened the score with 1:26 remaining in the period.

Sophomore goalie Wyatt Jenkinson turned in a standout third period, coming up with four huge saves.

The score was tied 1-1 when the six-minute overtime period began.

“A whole lot of guys got a whole lot of experience today,” Coach Mincone said. Five freshman saw ice time to get their first taste of the playoffs.

The Vineyard will play the winner of Thursday's Medfield-Quincy contest. Date and time has not yet been set. 

In picture, senior co-captains Tyson Araujo (14) and Brian Fraser (28) set up a play against Sandwich. 

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