Revving Up for the Return of the Rivals

The scouting reports are in and Whaler Pride is back. The last Nantucket team the Vineyard faced finished the season 0-10, capped by an embarrassing 43-22 Island Cup thrashing that saw Vineyard coach Don Herman pull most of his starters by halftime.

Slippery Pigskin No Detriment, Vineyarders Prevail in Mud Bowl

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team remains undefeated after a rainy, windy and sometimes sloppy Friday night home opener against South Shore Vocational Tech.

Senior standout Randall Jette followed his 192-yard, five-touchdown rushing performance against Coyle-Cassidy with his first passing touchdown of the season, a 19-yard laser to T.J. Vangervan to help seal the 20-6 victory. Strong rushing performances by Brian Montambault and Chris Costello put the game away on a night in which both teams struggled against the elements.

Coaching People Not Players Gives Don Herman 200 Wins

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football coach Don Herman expected his 200th win to be a private accomplishment. “I never mentioned anything to my players,” he said in an interview in his office at the high school on Wednesday. But last Thursday as the coach walked off the practice field he was amused to hear the team break from its huddle. “Two hundred!” they shouted.

Girls’ Soccer Digging In

The Vineyard girls’ varsity soccer team has faced tough nonleague competition in its first matches of the season, most recently dropping matches to the mainland powerhouses of North Plymouth and Barnstable.

Vineyard Football Touches Down

It’s still too early for the leaves of fall to be rustling, but other sounds of the season are already in the air: the impatient tweets of a whistle, garbled voices speaking through mouthguards, and the soft smack of a pigskin landing perfectly between two outstretched hands.

By IVY ASHE

It’s still too early for the leaves of fall to be rustling, but other sounds of the season are already in the air: the impatient tweets of a whistle, garbled voices speaking through mouthguards, and the soft smack of a pigskin landing perfectly between two outstretched hands.

Football season is back at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

High School Athletic Director is New, Yet Very Familiar, Face

In the span of 15 minutes, Mark McCarthy has coordinated school busses, fielded requests for the simple (a screwdriver) and the complex (more busses) and embarked on a search for a package of socks for the soccer teams that was supposed to arrive earlier in the morning. The socks are somewhere in Vineyard Haven — but they need to be at the high school before noon.

In the span of 15 minutes, Mark McCarthy has coordinated school busses, fielded requests for the simple (a screwdriver) and the complex (more busses) and embarked on a search for a package of socks for the soccer teams that was supposed to arrive earlier in the morning. The socks are somewhere in Vineyard Haven — but they need to be at the high school before noon. There are matches to be played later in the day.

Cross-Country Team Wins Big at Home

Unlike their fellow fall athletes, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School cross-country teams only get one chance a year to compete on home turf. Vineyard runners made the most of this Island advantage last Saturday at the fourth annual Vineyard Cross-Country Invitational — as evidenced by head coach Joe Schroeder’s happy exclamation upon seeing the results of the boys’ meet:

Unlike their fellow fall athletes, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School cross-country teams only get one chance a year to compete on home turf. Vineyard runners made the most of this Island advantage last Saturday at the fourth annual Vineyard Cross-Country Invitational — as evidenced by head coach Joe Schroeder’s happy exclamation upon seeing the results of the boys’ meet:

“Check it out, we’re number one!”

High School Sports Teams Post Big Wins as Season Progresses

Field hockey turned in an impressive performance last week, pushing their season record to 6-2-2 with wins against league opponent Somerset on Thursday and Notre Dame-Hingham on Saturday.

Field hockey turned in an impressive performance last week, pushing their season record to 6-2-2 with wins against league opponent Somerset on Thursday and Notre Dame-Hingham on Saturday. Angela DeBettencourt and Megan McHugh scored for the Vineyard in their 2-1 Somerset win, with Maggie Johnson assisting on both goals. Johnson turned in a goal of her own in the 3-1 Saturday victory, as did McHugh and Genevieve Hammond. The team plays Barnstable in an away match today, and takes on Nauset next Tuesday.

Much Activity by Dawn’s Early Light

At 5:45 in the morning, not much is stirring on the Island. Traffic is almost nonexistent, and even the light seems to move sluggishly, taking its time to stretch across the sky.

At 5:45 in the morning, not much is stirring on the Island. Traffic is almost nonexistent, and even the light seems to move sluggishly, taking its time to stretch across the sky.

High School Cross-Country and Football Teams Stay Undefeated

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School teams continue to roll through their fall season, with three undefeated squads competing at press time. Look for several home games during the coming week.

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School teams continue to roll through their fall season, with three undefeated squads competing at press time. Look for several home games during the coming week.

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