By Ivy Ashe

Vineyard Boys Defeat Wareham 73-53, Advance to Next Round

Thursday, February 27

A punishingly fast offense and the best defensive effort of the season led the Vineyard boys to a resounding 73-53 defeat of Wareham Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the south sectional tournament. 

The game was never in question as the Vineyard jumped to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter. Wareham pulled within ten points in the third quarter, but ulitmately could not make up the difference. 

Junior Alex GordonBeck scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the offense. Seniors Navardo Anderson and Deshawn James scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Senior co-captain Kane Araujo notched 12 points, all on three-pointers, and shut down Wareham's leading scorer throughout the contest.

But it was the rebounds that made the difference. GordonBeck and junior co-captain Tim Roberts (17 rebounds) were forces to be reckoned with on the backboard. 

"We had a lot of second chances, and didn't give them many," head coach Mike Joyce said after the game. 

The game was over in just an hour and fifteen minutes, with both teams full of energy and playing at a blistering pace. 

"That's what our games are like when we play Wareham," Coach Joyce said. "They play like we play--they want to run up and down." 

The stands were packed on the Vineyard side of the court, with the vocal student section dressed in black. Several fans wore Beat Wareham shirts from last year's playoff run. 

Coach Joyce said the fan support was "phenomenal."

"To get that many people out during school vacation is huge," he said. 

In picture, senior Deshawn James keeps his eye on the ball. Photo by Mark Lovewell. 

Boys' Hoops Set For Wareham Tonight

Thursday, February 27

The final home game of the postseason takes place today at 4:30 p.m.

Boys' basketball takes on playoffs rival Wareham in the quarterfinals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association south sectional tournament.

The Vineyard enters as the number three seed in the bracket, with a 17-4 record. Wareham, seeded sixth, is 16-5.

This is the fifth straight season the teams have met in the postseason, but history offers little indicator of which squad will come out on top. Last year, the Vineyard defeated Wareham in the section finals to advance to the state tournament. And the year before, it was Wareham that earned the section title.

On Tuesday, in the first round of the section tournament, the Vineyard defeated visiting Norwell 69-51.

Tickets for today's game are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  

In picture, senior Deshawn James goes for a basket against Norwell. 

Girls' Hockey Ends Season in Close 3-2 Loss

Wednesday, February 26

The Vineyard girls’ hockey team fell 3-2 to visiting Algonquin in the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association postseason tournament.

Both teams limited the other’s chances at scoring, with Algonquin stepping up pressure on Vineyard sharpeyes Callie Jackson, Sydney Davies and Aubrey Ashmun and the Vineyard returning the favor.

But Algonquin used some additional offensive pressure to beat out Vineyard keeper Jackie Hegarty in the first period, and kicked off the second with another score to make the game 2-0.

One minute later, Vineyard senior co-captain Callie Jackson won a faceoff and sent the puck to senior Alex Clark, who fired at Algonquin goalie Sasha Barry. Clark’s shot was deflected, but Jackson jumped on the rebound to give the team its first goal.

Penalties reigned in the second (six were handed down), with both teams struggling to convert the power play. An Algonquin scrum in the final two minutes of the period brought the Tomahawks their final goal.  

The Vineyard wasn’t finished yet; with 4:35 left in the game, junior Sydney Davies buried a Kylie Hatt rebound to put the team in striking distance. Two Aubrey Ashmun shots came inches from the net, and a late move by Jackson was again blocked by Barry.

Head coach John Fiorito said Algonquin was one of the best teams the Vineyard has faced all season.

“We were down a senior captain, and everybody stepped up,” he said (Emily Hammett, out recovering from appendicitis, donned her helmet in solidarity and coached from the bench). “We’d talked about limiting their chances, and we did that. We didn’t have a lot of opportunities, but when we did, they were good.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of the team,” Coach Fiorito said.

The Vineyard ends their season 11-7-3. With an 8-1-1 league record, they closed the regular season champions of the southeast division of the Southeastern Masssachusetts Girls Hockey League. 

In picture, senior Callie Jackson wins a faceoff against Algonquin. 



2-1 Overtime Win Sends Boys Hockey To Next Round

Tuesday, February 25

Vineyard head coach Matt Mincone had a feeling the hockey team’s first round playoffs game would go long.

And that’s just what happened Tuesday night as the Vineyarders defeated visiting Sandwich 2-1 in overtime before a roaring crowd. Just over two minutes into the extra time, senior co-captain Tyson Araujo swept the game winner past both a Sandwich defender and goalie Craig Hatfield to secure the Vineyard’s trip to the quarterfinals of the south section tournament.

The Vineyard scored in the first period on a beautiful setup by junior Matt Davies and senior Sam Burke, who fed to senior co-captain Brian Fraser. Fraser lifted the puck high into the right corner of the net for the goal.

"We definitely had the home ice advantage in the first," Coach Mincone said. The Vineyard outshot Sandwich 7-1 early on, but the Blue Knights rallied in the second and evened the score with 1:26 remaining in the period.

Sophomore goalie Wyatt Jenkinson turned in a standout third period, coming up with four huge saves.

The score was tied 1-1 when the six-minute overtime period began.

“A whole lot of guys got a whole lot of experience today,” Coach Mincone said. Five freshman saw ice time to get their first taste of the playoffs.

The Vineyard will play the winner of Thursday's Medfield-Quincy contest. Date and time has not yet been set. 

In picture, senior co-captains Tyson Araujo (14) and Brian Fraser (28) set up a play against Sandwich. 

Boys' Basketball Defeats Norwell 69-51 in First Round

Tuesday, February 25

The Vineyard basketball team’s stifling defense returned with a vengeance Tuesday night as the boys kicked off the first round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Assocation postseason with a 69-51 defeat of Norwell. 

The Vineyard held Norwell to just three points—all on free throws—in the second quarter, and just 13 points overall in the first half.

Junior Alex GordonBeck led the offense with 15 points, and junior co-captain Tim Roberts notched 14. Senior Deshawn James scored all 12 of his points in the first quarter.

Norwell rallied to score 21 points in the final quarter, but could not overcome the deficit. 

“The defense was as good as it’s been all season,” head coach Mike Joyce said after the game. “The energy was there.”

“If we can get out on the fast breaks and grab the rebounds, we’re good,” he said.

The Vineyard is now 17-4 on the season. They will play number six seed Wareham on Thursday at home in the quarterfinals of the south sectional tournament. Game time is at 4:30 p.m.

In picture, senior Matt Marchand outpaces Norwell’s Will Plansky

This post has been updated to include the Vineyard's Thursday opponent and the correct game time.  

Postseason Seedings Announced, Tourney Action Begins Tuesday

Sunday, February 23

The Olympics are ending, but competition is just heating up at the high school. Postseason action kicks off Tuesday evening as two Vineyard teams host back-to-back competitions. 

Boys’ basketball, seeded third with a 16-4 record, hosts Norwell at 4:30 p.m. Norwell is seeded eleventh, and is 10-10 on the season.

Boys’ hockey takes on Sandwich at 6 p.m. The Vineyard (13-5-2) is seeded sixth. Sandwich (8-7-3) is seeded eleventh.

Tickets for both basketball and hockey games are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults.

Girls' hockey, seeded fourteenth, will play at home on Wednesday afternoon. The team (11-6-3) takes on 19-seed Algonquin at 4:30 p.m. 

Girls’ basketball travels to Taunton on Wednesday to play Coyle & Cassidy. The girls are 11-9 and are seeded eleventh. They have faced Coyle, a league opponent, twice in the regular season. In the teams’ first meeting, the girls took a narrow 36-34 loss. The Vineyard fell 56-47 in the second meeting.

In picture, freshman Josh Forend plays on home ice. 

Final Games of Regular Season Wrapped Friday Night

Saturday, February 22

After two days of home action, the regular season concluded for Vineyard teams on Friday evening. 

On Friday night, the boys' hockey team defeated Nauset 11-2 before a large home crowd. with seniors Tyson Araujo, Sam Burke, Andrew Carroll, Brian Fraser, and Caleb Hallett honored before the game. Fraser closed out the first period with back-to-back goals, and kicked off the second period with two more scores; fellow cocaptain Araujo notched five assists and one goal. Junior Alexander Vukota and freshman Tristan Araujo each scored two goals, and senior Sam Burke, making his return to home ice from an injury, had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Bryce Nelson scored his first varsity goal on an assist from fellow sophomore Greg McCarron. Hallett entered the match in the third period to close out his career in goal. 

Girls' basketball and girls' hockey played their final regular season games on Thursday, with the basketball squad falling 54-46 to a tough Sabis International Charter School Team and hockey dropping a narrow 4-3 contest to league opponent Marshfield. 

Freshman Erin Hill led Vineyard scoring against Sabis, with 19 points. Junior Lucy Hackney scored 12 points, and senior cocaptain Kat deBettencourt had 8. The Vineyard hung with Sabis through the first half, trailing by just a point as the third quarter began. Sabis scored seven unanswered points to pull away soon after. A strong fourth quarter of scoring could not make up the difference. 

A late goal by Marshfield with less than a minute of play proved the hockey team's downfall, and gave the Vineyard their first league loss of the season. The team had rallied from a 2-0 deficit, with Emily Hammet putting the Vineyard on the board (assisted by Belle Dinning) and defender Olivia Ogden made a perfect snap to tie the game in the third. Erin Hegarty's goal shortly after put the team ahead, but Marshfield made a late run to score with 31 seconds left on the clock. 

Varsity seniors Alex Clark, Emily Hammett, Haven Huck and Callie Jackson, along with junior varsity seniors Emelia Cappelli, Alice Keenan, and Mikayla Tinus were honored before the game. 

In picture, junior Taija Browne (20), freshman Erin Hill (5) and junior Emily deBettencourt (11) make a run against Sabis International Charter School. 

Four Vineyarders Named to Girls' Hockey All-Star Team

Tuesday, February 18

The Vineyard girls' hockey team will be well-represented at this Saturday's Southeastern Massachusetts Girls Hockey League All-Star Game.

Senior captain Callie Jackson, junior forwards Aubrey Ashmun and Sydney Davies, and junior defender Olivia Ogden were all named All-Stars, and will compete at Gallo Arena. This is Ashmun's second All-Star game. She currently has 20 goals and 14 assists on the season.

Jackson has 19 goals and 16 assists on the season. Davies has 17 goals and 11 assists. 

In addition to the strong showing from the players' bench, head coach John Fiorito was also named a coach of the All-Star teams. 

In picture, senior Callie Jackson (24) in a faceoff as teammates Aubrey Ashmun (10) and Sydney Davies (8) wait for the feed.  

Girls' Hockey Draws with King Philip, 3-3

Tuesday, February 18

Juniors Aubrey Ashmun and Sydney Davies notched a goal and an assist apiece as the Vineyarders split with nonleague opponent King Philip Regional High on Monday afternoon. The Vineyarders move to 10-5-3 on the season, and play their final game on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Marshfield. 

Davies took a feed from Ashmun early in the first to get the Vineyard on the board, but a late power play goal by King Philip evened the score. The Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the second period before senior captain Callie Jackson tied the game for the Vineyard. 

Ashmun scored her 20th goal of the season on a breakaway rush in the second to put the team up 3-2. The Warriors tied the game on a third-period power play. 

Head coach John Fiorito said the team achieved its goal of shutting down KP leading scorer Danielle Hamilton, who scored all of the goals in her squad's 4-3 defeat of the Vineyard last week.

In picture, junior defender Olivia Ogden keeps the puck out of KP reach. 

Basketball Teams Defeat Somerset

Tuesday, February 18

The Vineyard boys clinched a share of the Eastern Athletic Conference Title and the girls secured their spot in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association postseason tournament after wins against league opponent Somerset on Friday. 

The girls, playing on home court, cruised to a 60-32 win against the Raiders, with senior Kat deBettencourt leading the scoring. They enter the Bourne Tournament with a 10-7 record, and will play their final home game of the season on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. against Sabis International Charter School. 

The boys battled to a 85-83 overtime win to clinch a share of the EAC title for the fifth straight year. Somerset entered the game needing a win to make the tournament and "they played like it," head coach Mike Joyce said. The Raiders hit seven shots in a row to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but a clutch overtime performance by senior captain Kane Araujo (two free throws) and senior Navardo Anderson (five points), kept the Vineyard in the game. A three-pointer attempt by Somerset bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

The boys takes on Dennis-Yarmouth today and travel to the Dedham Tournament Wednesday and Thursday. A scheduled contest against Danvers was cancelled due to the weekend snowstorm. 

Both the boys' and girls' teams will receive their MIAA tournament seedings on Friday.