By Ivy Ashe

Boys' Hockey Falls 4-1 in Rivalry Game

Thursday, January 30

In a much-anticipated league rivalry game, the Vineyard boys' hockey team fell 4-1 to visiting Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Coyle and Cassidy Wednesday evening.

The Vineyard moves to 3-1 in the league and 8-3-1 overall. Coyle is now undefeated in the EAC.

Coyle jumped on the board in the first period only to have Vineyard senior cocaptain Brian Fraser notch a power play goal in the second. Assists went to seniors Tyson Araujo and Andrew Carroll). The Warriors pulled ahead in the third period, scoring two goals in two minutes. They sealed the deal with an open-net goal in the final minute of the game.

Despite outshooting their opponents 24-14, the Vineyarders could not solve senior Coyle goalie Cam Jacques.

The team continues league play on Saturday with an away contest against Bishop Stang.

In picture, senior cocaptain Brian Fraser moves on offense.  

Swimmers Wrap Up Dual Meet Season

Tuesday, January 28

The Vineyard swim teams took on Nantucket in their final dual meet of the season this Saturday. Though both teams fell to the Whalers, head coach Jonathan Chatinover reported that a number of athletes recorded personal best times.

All four captains—Jessica Campbell, Mariah Campbell, Ina Thigith and Liam Cosgrove—recorded personal bests, with Cosgrove taking first place in the 100 yard butterfly. Tucker Cosgrove also turned in a personal best in the fly to take third place. Joshua Boucher (50 yard freestyle) and Nevin Wallis (200 yard freestyle) recorded personal bests as well.

The boys' 400 yard freestyle relay team (Liam Cosgrove, Tucker Cosgrove, Nevin Wallis and Justice Yennie) earned a first place finish, and the 200 yard freestyle relay took a close second place after three swimmers (Tucker Cosgrove, Joshua Boucher and Wallis) swam their best-ever 50 yard splits.

The teams travel to the Bay Colony Conference Championships, held at Bridgewater State University, this weekend.

Vineyard Boys Bested by Framingham Hockey, 6-2

Saturday, January 25

The Vineyard boys’ hockey team fell 6-2 to visiting Framingham, a Division One team, on Saturday night.

This is the second time the team has hosted a D1 team this season. The Vineyarders were up to the challenge, outshooting the Flyers in the first period, but Framingham’s physical play  and experience ultimately proved the deciding factors.

Senior cocaptain Brian Fraser scored both goals for the Vineyard, potting his first two minutes into play after a feed from fellow captain Tyson Araujo. Fraser’s second, which temporarily tied the game 2-2, came midway through the second period. Matt Davies and Emerson Mahoney earned assists.

Framingham scored two quick goals late in the second to pull ahead, scoring twice more for insurance before the final buzzer.

Sophomore goalie Wyatt Jenkinson had 29 saves.

The boys host league rival Coyle and Cassidy at home on Wednesday. Game time is at 4:30 p.m 

In picture, freshman Tristan Araujo lines up a shot against Framingham's Al Lynch. 

Boys' Basketball Closes Out Home Weekend of Wins

Saturday, January 25

Senior forward Deshawn James scored 27 points and picked up seven rebounds during Saturday’s 73-40 takedown of league opponent Bishop Stang. The home win was the Vineyard’s second in two days.

The Spartans hung in with the Vineyard in the first quarter, but could not keep up with the offense for the remainder of the game. 

"When we pass the ball offensively, we're a good team," head coach Michael Joyce said, noting that the team's energy has improved throughout the weekend. 

Defensively, senior cocaptain Kane Araujo had a standout game, shutting down Bishop Stang’s leading scorer throughout. The defense was on full display in the final quarter, with Stang managing just six points. 

The team travels to Whitinsville Christian School on Tuesday. They are now 7-2. 

In picture, senior Navardo Anderson slams in a dunk.  

Girls' Hockey Remains Undefeated in League Play

Saturday, January 25

The Vineyard girls hosted league opponent Bourne on Saturday afternoon, earning a 4-1 win but slowing down the attack as the game progressed.

“We played a great first period, then we stopped playing,” head coach John Fiorito said. “We’re a better team than that…it’s about playing well.”

Junior forward Aubrey Ashmun put the first Vineyard goal in the net ten seconds into the game on an assist from fellow junior Sydney Davies. Ashmun scored again in the third period on a breakway, and later picked up an assist.

Junior Alex Clark scored her first goal of the season, and sophomore goalie Jackie Hegarty had 11 saves.

The girls remain undefeated in league play (5-0-1) and are 6-2-2 overall. 

In picture, senior cocaptain Callie Jackson moves against Bourne. 


Boys' Basketball Rebounds Against Somerset, 74-51

Saturday, January 25

Working on just one day of practice, the Vineyarders surged against the visiting Somerset Raiders on Friday afternoon for a 74-51 win.

The victory was a much-needed boost to the team, who were coming off a tough home loss to league rival Bishop Feehan. 

"We watched film from the [Bishop Feehan] game," head coach Mike Joyce said after Friday'sgame. "It let them see that this kind of effort loses games. That kind of effort against a good team like Feehan loses games by a lot."

But team effort was on display against Somerset--down by seven points after the first quarter, the Vineyarders scored 35 points in the second and never looked back. 

"We really pushed the ball offensively," Coach Joyce said. "We ran a lot, kept [Somerset] tired." 

Senior Deshawn James led scoring with 18 points. Senior Kane Araujo hit four three-pointers en route to scoring 14 points. Senior Navardo Anderson and junior Timmy Roberts each notched 14 as well. 

The team continues league play with a home contest against Bishop Stang tonight. Game time is at 6 p.m. 

In picture, junior Jack Yuen stays ahead of a Somerset defender. 

Boys Basketball Falls 73-52 to Bishop Feehan

Tuesday, January 21

The Vineyard boys’ basketball team suffered their worst defeat of the season Monday afternoon, falling 73-52 to Eastern Athletic Conference rival Bishop Feehan. 

The team has not lost at home since last January. They move to a 6-2 season record. 

Bishop Feehan moves to a 10-1 season record. Their only loss of the season came earlier this month, to the Vineyard, and the Shamrocks arrived on-Island ready to avenge that defeat. 

“They played hungry,” head coach Mike Joyce said after the game. “We were outhustled, outrebounded.” 

The Vineyarders took a four-point lead after the first quarter, but Feehan stormed back in the second to score 25 points. The Shamrock defense, meanwhile, held the Vineyard to just seven points, opening a lead that could not be overcome. Feehan players Frank Oftring and Mike Nelson scored 24 and 21 points, respectively, with Nelson particularly dangerous from the three-point line. 

“They just wanted that win more than we did,” Coach Joyce summed up. 

Senior Deshawn James led the Vineyard scoring with 20 points and two three-pointers. Senior Navardo Anderson had nine points, and junior cocaptain Timmy Roberts had seven. Junior Matt Stone hit a buzzer-beating three to close out the game. 

The boys host Somerset-Berkley on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. 

A strong Feehan squad also defeated the Vineyard girls, 67-47, on Monday. Senior cocaptain Kat deBettencourt hit seven three-pointers en route to scoring 25 points. The girls are now 7-6 on the season.


In picture, junior Alex GordonBeck surrounded by Bishop Feehan defenders.