By Ivy Ashe

Boys' Hockey Takes Third in Home Tournament

Tuesday, February 18

Last year the Vineyard boys' hockey squad won their home ice tournament, but history would not repeat itself as the 17th Annual Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Tournament kicked off over the holiday weekend. 

The team fell 5-3 to Lynnfield on Saturday and drew with a chippy Dennis-Yarmouth squad 4-4 during Sunday's consolation game. Westwood defeated Lynnfield 4-1 in the championship game to walk away tournament victors. 

During Saturday's game, the Vineyard went up 3-1 against Lynnfield on goals by seniors Brian Fraser and Tyson Araujo and junior Andrew Wiley. The Pioneers made the most of an early third period power play to tie the game, and took the lead on another power play with four minutes remaining. 

On Sunday, Dennis-Yarmouth took a 3-1 lead before a goal by senior Andrew Carroll brought the Vineyard within striking distance. Back-to-back power plays kept the team's hopes alive: Fraser tied the game on a textbook setup from Araujo and Alexander Vukota, and a long wrist shot from Vukota to Wiley put the Vineyard ahead 4-3 with nine minutes left in the game. The Vineyard offense outshot D-Y 15-4 in the third period, but after a set of Vineyard penalties, D-Y took advantage of the 5-on-3 imbalance to rush the goal and tie the game. A late offensive surge by the Vineyard was not enough to seal the match.

The Purple and White instead wore shades of green and brown throughout the tournament in honor of Military Appreciation Weekend. The special camouflage jerseys were also sported by many in the crowd, as well as by the squad of Mites that scrimmaged between the first and second periods on Saturday night. The Vineyard's opening match was preceded by a color guard ceremony by the United States Coast Guard, after which the team announced that it had exceeded its fundraising goal for the Wounded Warriors Fund, raising a total of $6,025 for the organization. 

The team is now 12-4-2 on the season, and takes on Bishop Feehan on Wednesday in an away game. Their final home game is on Friday against Nauset. 

In picture, Tyson Araujo, Brian Fraser, Aksel Cooperrider, Greg McCarron and Alexander Vukota celebrate a Vineyard goal. 

Updated Presidents Day Weekend Sports Schedule

Saturday, February 15

Several high school sports games scheduled for Saturday have been postponed in light of an evening blizzard forecast.

Athletics director Mark McCarthy said that the boys' hockey tournament, which begins tonight and continues Sunday, will go on as scheduled. The Vineyard plays Lynnfield at 7 p.m. tonight.

The varsity boys' basketball game against Danvers has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 16, at 2 p.m. 

The varsity girls' basketball game against Sabis International Charter School was postponed to Thursday, February 20.

The girls' hockey contest against North Quincy has been postponed but not yet rescheduled. The girls' home game against King Philip Regional High remains set for Monday, February 17, at 1 p.m. 

Presidents Day Weekend Sports Preview

Friday, February 14

When you're not cheering for Team USA over the holiday weekend, head to the high school gym and the ice arena to root for the Vineyard. All varsity basketball and hockey teams are playing at home in the penultimate week of the regular season.

Games begin Friday afternoon as girls' basketball takes on league opponent Somerset Berkley at 4:30 p.m. The girls are 9-7 on the season; a win this weekend would put them into the postseason tournament.

Saturday is packed with home court action, beginning at 1 p.m. when girls' hockey hosts league opponent North Quincy. Later in the afternoon, boys' basketball looks for a win over defending state champion Danvers—the team that knocked the Vineyard out of the postseason last year. Earlier this month, Danvers hosted the Vineyard and came away with a 62-45 win.

Tipoff for the varsity matchup is at 3:30 p.m.

Girls' basketball hits the court for their second game of the weekend at 7 p.m. against Sabis International Charter School.

The boys' hockey team hosts the annual Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Tournament beginning Saturday evening. Last year the Vineyarders won the tournament, and are seeking a repeat title.

The boys taken on Lynnfield at 7 p.m. on Saturday and will play either Dennis-Yarmouth or Westwood on Sunday. Consolation and championship games are on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Girls' hockey closes out the long weekend on Monday with a matchup against King Philip Regional High. Game time is at 1 p.m.  

In picture, girls' basketball captain Kat deBettencourt moves against Coyle & Cassidy. 

Tisbury Boys and Edgartown Girls Take Middle School Basketball Titles

Tuesday, February 11

Cars filled the parking lot and lined Sanderson Drive Monday evening as the middle school basketball championship games tipped off. 

In the boys' contest, the Tisbury Tigers overcame the Edgartown Eagles to win the title 47-34. Tisbury eighth grader Cole Houston notched 27 points. 

But Edgartown came out on top in the girls' contest, after a fight to the finish against the Oak Bluffs Blazers. Down 17-13 at the half, the Eagles rallied to tie the game at 19 points and used strong defense to hold off an Oak Bluffs surge led by Molly deBettencourt. Molly scored 29 points to lead the Blazers. Clare Naughton led the Eagles with 13 points. 

In picture, Edgartown eighth grader Kiana Casey breaks past Kathleen Alves, Rose Engler and Molly deBettencourt of Oak Bluffs. 

See more photos of the championship games.

Boys' Hockey Falls 4-1 in Rivalry Game

Thursday, January 30

In a much-anticipated league rivalry game, the Vineyard boys' hockey team fell 4-1 to visiting Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Coyle and Cassidy Wednesday evening.

The Vineyard moves to 3-1 in the league and 8-3-1 overall. Coyle is now undefeated in the EAC.

Coyle jumped on the board in the first period only to have Vineyard senior cocaptain Brian Fraser notch a power play goal in the second. Assists went to seniors Tyson Araujo and Andrew Carroll). The Warriors pulled ahead in the third period, scoring two goals in two minutes. They sealed the deal with an open-net goal in the final minute of the game.

Despite outshooting their opponents 24-14, the Vineyarders could not solve senior Coyle goalie Cam Jacques.

The team continues league play on Saturday with an away contest against Bishop Stang.

In picture, senior cocaptain Brian Fraser moves on offense.  

Swimmers Wrap Up Dual Meet Season

Tuesday, January 28

The Vineyard swim teams took on Nantucket in their final dual meet of the season this Saturday. Though both teams fell to the Whalers, head coach Jonathan Chatinover reported that a number of athletes recorded personal best times.

All four captains—Jessica Campbell, Mariah Campbell, Ina Thigith and Liam Cosgrove—recorded personal bests, with Cosgrove taking first place in the 100 yard butterfly. Tucker Cosgrove also turned in a personal best in the fly to take third place. Joshua Boucher (50 yard freestyle) and Nevin Wallis (200 yard freestyle) recorded personal bests as well.

The boys' 400 yard freestyle relay team (Liam Cosgrove, Tucker Cosgrove, Nevin Wallis and Justice Yennie) earned a first place finish, and the 200 yard freestyle relay took a close second place after three swimmers (Tucker Cosgrove, Joshua Boucher and Wallis) swam their best-ever 50 yard splits.

The teams travel to the Bay Colony Conference Championships, held at Bridgewater State University, this weekend.

Vineyard Boys Bested by Framingham Hockey, 6-2

Saturday, January 25

The Vineyard boys’ hockey team fell 6-2 to visiting Framingham, a Division One team, on Saturday night.

This is the second time the team has hosted a D1 team this season. The Vineyarders were up to the challenge, outshooting the Flyers in the first period, but Framingham’s physical play  and experience ultimately proved the deciding factors.

Senior cocaptain Brian Fraser scored both goals for the Vineyard, potting his first two minutes into play after a feed from fellow captain Tyson Araujo. Fraser’s second, which temporarily tied the game 2-2, came midway through the second period. Matt Davies and Emerson Mahoney earned assists.

Framingham scored two quick goals late in the second to pull ahead, scoring twice more for insurance before the final buzzer.

Sophomore goalie Wyatt Jenkinson had 29 saves.

The boys host league rival Coyle and Cassidy at home on Wednesday. Game time is at 4:30 p.m 

In picture, freshman Tristan Araujo lines up a shot against Framingham's Al Lynch. 

Boys' Basketball Closes Out Home Weekend of Wins

Saturday, January 25

Senior forward Deshawn James scored 27 points and picked up seven rebounds during Saturday’s 73-40 takedown of league opponent Bishop Stang. The home win was the Vineyard’s second in two days.

The Spartans hung in with the Vineyard in the first quarter, but could not keep up with the offense for the remainder of the game. 

"When we pass the ball offensively, we're a good team," head coach Michael Joyce said, noting that the team's energy has improved throughout the weekend. 

Defensively, senior cocaptain Kane Araujo had a standout game, shutting down Bishop Stang’s leading scorer throughout. The defense was on full display in the final quarter, with Stang managing just six points. 

The team travels to Whitinsville Christian School on Tuesday. They are now 7-2. 

In picture, senior Navardo Anderson slams in a dunk.  

Girls' Hockey Remains Undefeated in League Play

Saturday, January 25

The Vineyard girls hosted league opponent Bourne on Saturday afternoon, earning a 4-1 win but slowing down the attack as the game progressed.

“We played a great first period, then we stopped playing,” head coach John Fiorito said. “We’re a better team than that…it’s about playing well.”

Junior forward Aubrey Ashmun put the first Vineyard goal in the net ten seconds into the game on an assist from fellow junior Sydney Davies. Ashmun scored again in the third period on a breakway, and later picked up an assist.

Junior Alex Clark scored her first goal of the season, and sophomore goalie Jackie Hegarty had 11 saves.

The girls remain undefeated in league play (5-0-1) and are 6-2-2 overall. 

In picture, senior cocaptain Callie Jackson moves against Bourne. 


Boys' Basketball Rebounds Against Somerset, 74-51

Saturday, January 25

Working on just one day of practice, the Vineyarders surged against the visiting Somerset Raiders on Friday afternoon for a 74-51 win.

The victory was a much-needed boost to the team, who were coming off a tough home loss to league rival Bishop Feehan. 

"We watched film from the [Bishop Feehan] game," head coach Mike Joyce said after Friday'sgame. "It let them see that this kind of effort loses games. That kind of effort against a good team like Feehan loses games by a lot."

But team effort was on display against Somerset--down by seven points after the first quarter, the Vineyarders scored 35 points in the second and never looked back. 

"We really pushed the ball offensively," Coach Joyce said. "We ran a lot, kept [Somerset] tired." 

Senior Deshawn James led scoring with 18 points. Senior Kane Araujo hit four three-pointers en route to scoring 14 points. Senior Navardo Anderson and junior Timmy Roberts each notched 14 as well. 

The team continues league play with a home contest against Bishop Stang tonight. Game time is at 6 p.m. 

In picture, junior Jack Yuen stays ahead of a Somerset defender.