By Ivy Ashe

Fraser Earns Hobey Baker Award

Friday, April 11

Senior hockey captain Brian Fraser received the Hobey Baker High School Character Award during a ceremony held April 7 at the TD Garden in Boston. 

He is the second player in the Vineyard program to earn the award, which was established in 2003 by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation. The foundation is best known for its annual award given to the top college player in the country in memory of Hobey Baker, one of the premier amateur hockey players of the sport's early days.

The high school award is based on character, and is highly regarded by varsity head coach Matt Mincone, who has nominated just two players in the history of the Vineyard program: Stephen Greenberg in 2007, and Fraser. 

Fraser, a four-year varsity player, has been a crucial part of the Vineyard offense during his career, working through the offseason to finetune his skills. An honors student and Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star, he also closed out this season as the team's top goal scorer, with 33 goals, and was 15th in the state of Massachusets in total points (33 goals, 17 assists). 


Down to the Wire, Sailing Team Defeats St. George's

Wednesday, April 9

The spring sailing season is barely underway, but the Vineyarders have already had a team milestone: last Saturday the team defeated St. George's (R.I.) for the first time in program history.  

"As far as team racing goes it was an awesome race, it came down to the wire," head coach Andrew Burr said of the St. George's win.  

In the best of five series, held in Newport, the Vineyard jumped out to a 2-0 lead. But St. George's won the next two races, setting up a final showdown between the teams. 

The sailors were up to the task, with juniors Eli Hanschka and Zana Van Rooyen, junior Raz Sayre and sophomore Adam Bilodeau, and juniors Charlie Morano and Ellie Reagan outmanuevering St. George's to secure the win.  

"They executed when they had to," Coach Burr said. Captains Hanschka, Sayre and Morano were sailing with different crew members than usual (crew positions are "very, very competitive right now," Coach Burr said).

With the win, the Vineyard moved to a 3-1 season record. Last Thursday, the team defeated Dartmouth 3-0. They host Pope John Paul II High School today, and travel to Greenwich this weekend. 


Softball, Boys' Tennis Off To 3-0 Starts

Tuesday, April 8

Two Vineyard teams are off to 3-0 starts after the first week of play, with boys' tennis and softball both unbeaten as they enter their first Eastern Athletic Conference games of the year. 

The young tennis team, with just one senior on the roster, rolled to its first two victories, sweeping visiting Norton last Wednesday and following it up with another 5-0 win over Fairhaven on Friday. Varsity newcomers Conner Downing, Max Hammond, Zak Danz, James Kelliher and David Webster picked up their first--and second--varsity wins. 

After the relatively straightforward wins last week, the team traveled to Sandwich Monday to go 4-1 over the Blue Knights. Danz and doubles partner Dunovan Belisle picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win, a score matched by second doubles team Kelliher and Webster. Senior captain Patrick McCarthy took the lone loss to Sandwich's number one player, while Downing, playing in the number two spot, went 6-3, 6-4. 

Hammond, though he dropped the first set to Sandwich's number three player, went 6-0 in the next set and won the tiebreaker 10-8 to seal the match.

The team begins league play Wednesday at 3 p.m. with a home match against Bishop Stang. 

League play also begins Wednesday for the softball team, who are hoping to break their 1-39 streak in the EAC as they travel to Stang. 

The Vineyarders had a week of competition before entering play in the always-challenging league. 

Building on an 11-run first inning and a grand slam by junior Mariah Duarte, the softball team defeated visiting O'Bryant 23-11 in five innings in the team's home opener last Thursday. Sophomore Jessica Sonia earned her first varsity win on the mound. Sonia also earned a win on Saturday during a double header against Randolph. Senior Sarah Strem picked up her first varsity win in the first contest against Randolph, allowing just two runs in five innings. The Vineyard won 14-2.  

Sophomore Alistair Rizza leads the team in batting average. Rizza has knocked in two doubles and a triple, and is 10-for 12. Sophomore Emily Turney is 6-for-8, and senior captain Miranda Tokarza is 8-for-11 with three doubles. Sophomore Jess Sauter has five doubles on the season and is 8-for-12. 

In picture, senior captain Patrick McCarthy serves against Fairhaven last Friday. 


Girls' Lacrosse Earns First Home Win Over Whalers

Tuesday, April 8

The girls' lacrosse team picked up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon with a decisive 15-9 victory over visiting Nantucket. Senior Zoe Listro led the way in scoring with five goals and four assists, while senior captain Isabel Smith notched four goals and one assist. Junior Lucy Hackey and sophomore Lee Hayman scored two goals each with one assist. 

"Almost all of the goals had assists, which I like to see," head coach Betsy Dripps said. Coach Dripps added that the Vineyarders' team play and passing was improving with each game. 

Sophomore goalie Samantha Hargy had a strong game in net with 11 saves. 

The team is now 1-2 after a difficult start to the schedule, which featured the girls' most challenging league opponent, Biship Feehan, in their opening game. The Vineyarders stayed with Feehan through the first quarter, but the Shamrocks pulled away in the second to take an 18-7 win. Hargy picked up 19 saves, keeping the team in the contest throughout, but her Feehan counterpart stopped 25 shots to thwart the Vineyard attack. Junior center Emily deBettencourt played a key role on the draw notching one goal and one assist. 

The girls nearly pulled off a 6-goal comeback against visiting Bridgewater-Raynham on Friday afternoon in a game that came "down to the wire," Coach Dripps said. Down 11-5, the Vineyarders rallied to pull within one goal. Bridgewater-Raynham stepped up their defensive efforts in the final five minutes to keep the Vineyard's hopes at bay, and pocketed an insurance goal in the final Smith led the Vineyard scoring with three goals and one assists, while Hackney had two goals and two assists. deBettencourt had one goal and two assists. 

Tuesday's game against Coyle & Cassidy was postponed until Wednesday. The girls continue league play against Bishop Stang on Thursday in an away contest. 



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.