By Ivy Ashe

Football Defeats Bourne 48-14 for First Win

Saturday, October 11

Junior Jacob Cardoza rushed for three touchdowns and sophomore Luke DeBettencourt scored his first varsity touchdown in the Vineyard football team's 48-14 defeat of visiting Bourne Friday night. The win was the first of the season for the Vineyarders, who are now 1-4. 

After last week's narrow 21-19 loss to Bishop Stang, the team was "disappointed, but not down," head coach Donald Herman said. "They [came] to practice, and they worked to get better--I like the mental approach of this team." 

Junior Ben Clark put the first Vineyard points on the board during Friday's game, scoring early in the first quarter. A two-point conversion attempt was successful, and the Vineyard defense took over shortly after, forcing a Bourne turnover on downs and setting up an nifty 47-yard fleaflicker play that saw quarterback Mikey Mussell score on a pass from sophomore James Sashin. Sashin then kicked the extra point to put the Vineyard up 15-0. 

Though Bourne scored before the start of the second quarter, a long Isaac Higgins runs set up a Mussell-Cardoza connection for the Vineyard's third tourchdown. Sashin's kick was good, and the Vineyard was up 22-8. The defense again forced a turnover on downs, and Mussell launched a pass to Cardoza on the next play. Cardoza outpaced his Bourne defenders to set his team ahead 28-8, prompting the A/V booth to cue up the University of Georgia (a nod to Coach Herman's Southern roots) fight song. 

The fight song was played again not long after when junior Curtis Farrell made a 32-yard run into the end zone after a fumble recovery by junior Andy DiMattia put the ball back in Vineyard hands. A huge stop by senior Spencer Schofield kept Bourne's scoring hopes in check; the Vineyard closed the half ahead 35-8. 

Bourne made its final touchdown midway through the third quarter, which the Vineyard answered on its next drive after two runs by Cardoza. 

Sophomore Lucas DeBettencourt capped the night with his first varsity touchdown, scoring at the close of the fourth quarter to secure the Vineyard win. 

The team hosts league opponent Somerset- Berkley next Friday for Homecoming. Somerset is typically the strongest squad the Vineyarders face each year, and Coach Herman said this year would be no different. 

In picture, the Vineyarders celebrate after junior Curtis Farrell's touchdown run. 

Boys' Soccer Picks Up Tenth Win of Season

Wednesday, October 8

The boys' varsity soccer team continued its win streak this week with three victories, and is now 10-1-1 on the season. The streak has pushed them into the Boston Globe's top twenty teams for the first time this season; the team has not lost a game since its home opener against Nauset (another top twenty team). 

On Tuesday, the Vineyarders rolled to an 8-0 win over league opponent Somerset Berkley, capping a week that saw the team defeat both Bishop Feehan and Nantucket by scores of 6-1.

Junior Jason Lages scored four goals in Tuesday's game, and notched one assist. Seniors Brandon Dwane, Yannick Gonsalves, and Gordon Moore each scored, as did freshman Nicholas Bonneau. Assists went to Gonsalves, Dwane, and senior Elie Jordi.

Six different players scored in last Thursday's win over Feehan.

The team will play Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Coyle and Cassidy next Tuesday in an away match.


Football Drops Home Opener to Stang, 21-19

Friday, October 3

The Vineyard football offense made a solid appearance in the team's home opener against league opponent Bishop Stang Friday night, but it wasn't enough to take the win, with the Spartans holding on to a 21-19 victory. 

The loss marks the team's fourth of the season.

Bishop Stang jumped on the board in the first half with a touchdown and successful PAT. Shortly after the third quarter began, the Vineyard offense capitalized on a long Jacob Cardoza run to set up a scoring drive, with Cardoza running in the touchdown. Kicker James Sashin evened the score at 7-7, but the Spartans took the lead again midway through the third. After junior Curtis Farrell's kickoff return brought the Vineyard into Stang territory, quarterback Mikey Mussell completed a 26-yard pass to Cardoza to set up the Vineyard's second touchdown run. Stang blocked the extra point and made quick work of their next drive, leaving the Vineyard behind 21-13.

Mussell connected with Farrell on a 35-yard pass to get the Vineyard back into scoring position, and junior Ben Clark rushed in for the touchdown. The Vineyard attempted a two-point conversion to tie the game, but came up short. 

"We had opportunities," head coach Donald Herman said after the game. "This is the best team Stang has had since we started playing them [in 2009]." He said the Vineyard's offensive performance was the team's strongest of the season. 

Still, the Vineyard now has an 0-4 record (0-2 in the Eastern Athletic Conference) and is searching for its first win when the team takes on Bourne at home next Friday. Game time is at 6 p.m. 

In photo, junior Ben Clark carries the ball against Bishop Stang. 

Boys' Soccer Earns 2-0 Win Over D1 Opponent

Tuesday, September 30

A highly anticipated match against a top-ranked opponent ended in victory for the Vineyard boys' soccer team, as the team defeated Barnstable 2-0 on home turf Saturday evening.

The team is now 7-1-1 on the season, with a 3-0 record in the Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Barnstable win was the second time this season the Vineyarders have defeated a team ranked in the top 20 in the state. The Vineyard had previously beaten Nauset, currently the number 12 team in Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe. Barnstable, a division one squad, was knocked out of the top 20 standings after Saturday's loss. The Vineyard plays in division three.

“Honestly, I'm just proud of these guys,” goalkeeper coach Ryan White said after the game. Head coach Esteban Aranzabe echoed the sentiment.

“They played like lions,” he said.

The Vineyard controlled possession for much of the game, but it was not until the second half that the team scored its first goal. Senior Brandon Dwane was fouled in the box, setting up a penalty kick for junior Jason Lages.Lages put away the team's second goal as well, scoring in stoppage time after a midfield breakaway. Outpacing his lone Barnstable defender, Lages then dribbled past the goalie. Senior Alex GordonBeck earned the assist.

Keeper Matt Stone posted a clean sheet, stopping the few shots on goal from the Red Raiders.

In picture, sophomore Aksel Cooperrider. 

Boys' Soccer Evens Score With Nauset

Monday, September 15

After dropping their first game of the season to mainland rival Nauset, the boys' soccer team picked up a 2-0 win over the Warriors Saturday afternoon in their first home game of the season. 

"They'd been looking forward to playing at home," head coach Esteban Aranzabe said after the match. "We had a tough start against [Nauset]." But on Saturday, he said, "We knew the way they were playing, and we were ready for them." 

Sophomore Nevin Wallis scored the first goal of the game after a throw-in from senior Alex GordonBeck. GordonBeck later earned the assist on junior Jason Lages' goal. Both goals came in the second half. 

The boys are now 2-1-1, after defeating Falmouth 3-0 and tying Dennis-Yarmouth 2-2 last week. 


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).