By Ivy Ashe

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. 

Alley-Tarter and Smith Turn In Standout Performances at Weekend Invitational Meets

Tuesday, May 6

Two Vineyard athletes turned in standout performances during nonleague track meets this weekend, with senior captain Jeremy Alley-Tarter setting a new meet record in the 800-metre run at the Greater New Bedford Sunset Invitational Meet and freshman Olivia Smith earning MVP honors at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Freshman/Sophomore meet.

Alley-Tarter's time of 1:56.74 was a personal best, as he fended off Dennis-Yarmouth's Hiroto Watanabe--who also broke the previous meet record with a time of 1:57.33--in his final steps of the race. Smith won two events and was second in route to MVP at the freshman/sophomore meet. She took first place in the 400-metre hurdles with a time of 1:09.16, picked up a victory in the high jump with a leap of 4'11", and was runner-up in the 100-metre hurdles (17.11 seconds). 

Other Vineyarders finishing in the top ten during the freshman/sophomore meet were Juniper Ezanno (third place, long jump; sixth place, triple jump), Chase Sylvia (fifth place, high jump; sixth place, 400-metre hurdles), Aiveras Gedvilas, (eighth place, two-mile run), and Madison Moreis (tenth place, triple jump). 

Junior Sabrina Reppert led a small but strong Vineyard showing at the Sunset Invitational, taking third place in the javelin (91'7") and seventh in the 400-metre run (1:07). Junior Julia Neville placed tenth in a field of 33 in the 800-metre run withj a time of 2:40. On the boys' side, senior Tony Breth took sixth in the triple jump (38'4.75"), senior George Sykes earned sixth in the two-mile run (10:53), and senior cocaptain Joe Turney was fifth in the javelin (150'). 

The track squads hosts their final home meet of the season Wednesday, taking on Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Bishop Stang at 3 p.m. 



Girls' Tennis Picks Up Tough League Win

Monday, May 5

The girls' tennis team fended off a tough Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Friday afternoon, taking a 4-1 win over Bishop Stang to move to a 5-4 season record. 

Junior Charlotte Potter picked up the first Vineyard win of the day, going 6-0, 6-1 against Lauren Shallcrom at third singles. At first doubles, juniors Diamond Araujo and Avery Hazell went 6-2, 6-4 to put the team up 2-0 after the first hour of play. 

Freshman Madison McBride and sophomore Amadine Muniz, playing second doubles, dropped a close 4-6 set to Jacqui Andrade and Emily McGrath, but rolled to 6-1, 6-1 wins to take the match. 

At first singles, junior Samantha Potter outlasted Katie Vasconclos to go 6-3, 7-5. Junior Josie Iadicicco, playing Stang's Emma Mills at second singles, battled to a 7-5 first set and fell 4-6 in the second before beginning a gritty third set. Iadicicco fell 6-10, closing a match that lasted more than two hours.

The team hosts Pope John Paul II High School in a nonleague match on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

In photo, junior Sam Potter on the courts against Bishop Stang. 



Track Squads Keep Eyes on States

Saturday, April 19

The track and field squads hosted their first Eastern Athletic Conference dual meet Wednesday afternoon, taking on Somerset Berkley. Though both squads fell to the Raiders, several athletes posted times and distances qualifying them for the end-of-season state meet. Senior co-captain Jeremy Alley-Tarter, last year's division four state champion in the 800-metre run, will defend his title after taking first in Wednesday's race with a time of 2:05.6. Earlier this season, Alley-Tarter qualfied for states in the mile run. 

Junior Kevin Montambault qualified for the 110-metre high hurdles with a time of 17.14, and junior Sabrina Reppert earned a states spot with a throw of 96' in the javelin. 

The teams took on EAC opponent Coyle & Cassidy last Thursday, with the boys falling 71-61 and the girls taking a 82-54 win as they notched first-place spots in ten events. Senior captain Kat Dorr was first in both the triple jump (31'3.5") and the 400-metre dash (67.9 seconds). The Vineyarders swept the long jump and went 1-2 in the mile, 800 metres, 400 metres, and two-mile.

The boys' side also saw a sweep of the long jump, with freshman Ennis Foster, sophomore Chase Sylvia and senior Joe Turney going 1-2-3. Turney took first place in the javelin, and was a member of the first-place 4x100 metre relay team. 

Last Saturday the younger members of the squad traveled to Notre Dame Academy to compete in the annual Freshman/Sophomore Meet. Freshman Whitney Schroeder turned in a standout performance in javelin, taking second place in a field of 47 with a throw of 88'11". Freshman Olivia Smith took third place in the 400-metre hurdles with a time of 1:13, and sixth place in high jump (4'9"). Chase Sylvia also had a good day in hurdles and high jump, taking fourth place in the 400 hurdles (1.05), and placing eighth in the jump (5'3").

The teams travel to Barnstable following April vacation for a league meet. Both squads are 1-2 on the season. 

In picture, junior Kevin Montambault prepares for a discus throw during Wednesday's meet against Somerset. 

Busy Monday Afternoon Brings Mixed Results for Vineyarders

Tuesday, April 15

Home fields were abuzz with activity on Monday as several teams hosted nonleague opponents. 

Boys' tennis moved to a 6-0 record after defeating previously unbeaten Pope John Paul II High School 3-2. Senior captain Patrick McCarthy, playing first singles, dropped his first set against PJP's Connor Tomchick 3-6, but rallied to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-3. At second singles, freshman Conner Downing picked up a straightforward 6-1, 6-0 win, while freshman Max Hammond battled opponent Andrew Logue to a close 6-7 loss in his first set before taking a 1-6 loss in the next. The doubles squads were also split along win-loss, with first doubles pairing Dunavon Belisle and Zak Danz earning a victory and James Kelliher and David Webster taking a loss. 

Girls' lacrosse powered to a 12-3 win over visiting Fairhaven, with senior captain Charlotte McCarron and sophomore Lee Hayman leading the offense. Hayman notched three goals and three assists, while McCarron had four goals and one assist. Sophomore Belle Dinning had three goals and one assist. Other players scoring for the Vineyard were Molly Houghton, Zoe Listro, Aubrey Ashmun, Emily deBettencourt and Olivia Ogden. 

The varsity baseball team dropped a close 2-1 pitchers' duel to visiting Blackstone Valley, despite junior captain Tim Roberts' standout performance on the mound. The junior varsity team picked up their second straight win, however, going 8-3 against Blackstone. Freshman pitcher Aidan Aliberti earned the win, with Chris Mayhew and James Sashin closing out the game. Peter Engley notched a triple and two RBIs, with Jeff Cimeno, Nainoa Cooperrider and Jack Sayre sparking the offense. 

In photo, sophomore Lee Hayman on the draw against Fairhaven. 

JV Baseball Rallies for 8-6 Comeback Win

Friday, April 11

The junior varsity baseball team rallied for its first win in more than a year on Wednesday afternoon, defeating visiting Bishop Stang in an 8-6 comeback. 

Trailing 6-1 at the bottom of the fifth, the Vineyard buckled down on both offense and defense, notching seven runs in the final two innings while holding Stang scoreless. 

Freshmen Taber Caron and James Sashin led the offense; both had two hits while Caron also drove in three runs. Freshman Jack Sayre contributed three RBIs as well, and freshman Peter Engley had an RBI triple. 

Pitching duty was shared by Aidan Aliberti and James Sashin, with Aliberti striking out six in four innings and Sashin holding down the fort for two innings, allowing no runs. 

The team hosts Pope John Paul High School at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the varsity field.

The varsity team fell 10-3 in their home opener against Stang. They are now 2-2 on the season.