Amid an action-packed Saturday of Vineyard high school sports, Rammon Dos Santos’ double-double led the boys basketball team to a back-and-forth, hard-fought 60-45 home victory over Cape Cod Academy.

The senior center dominated the front court throughout the contest as he led the Vineyard in scoring with 19 points, snagged 20 rebounds and added two blocks, two steals and an assist in the winning effort. Despite the double-digit winning margin by the Vineyarders, Cape Cod Academy posed a tough test for the home team. Both teams traded baskets and turnovers in the first half as Dos Santos, Jared Regan and Nico De Paula kept the score close with opportunistic offense and pressure on Seahawk ball handlers.

“In the second half we settled down, took better care of the ball, were more patient on offense and started getting better looks,” said head coach Mike Joyce after the game. “The last two games they’ve played good man-to-man defense and that’s saved themselves from their offensive woes.”

He continued: “There’s still a lot of room for improvement. We have to reduce the number of turnovers, that’s the thing that can get us to the next level. But, four wins in a row is good.”

Regan had 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, De Paula had six points, a block a steal and a rebound, and Araujo had six points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Next, the boys are on the road against Sandwich and Nauset this week before coming home for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff against Barnstable next Tuesday.

Boys hockey lines up in preparation for game against Nantucket on Saturday. — Aaron Wilson

The girls basketball team was also in action Saturday afternoon, taking on the Seahawks in an away game in Osterville. The Vineyarders prevailed 34-31 as Kiley Estrella led purple and white with 10 points and Sasha Lakis and Taylor Hughes dominated the boards.

Head coach Sterling Bishop said his team battled through an extremely physical game. After falling behind 18-11 at halftime, the Vineyarders tied the game at the end of the third period and opened the final period in a full-court press that caused several turnovers. As a result, the Vineyard took the lead and maintained it through the end of the period to earn their third win of the season.

Riley Yuhas, Lakis and Hughes all finished with eight points each. Next up is a home game against Sandwich on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.

Also, over on the mainland, the girls hockey team skated to a 3-1 victory against Fontbonne/Latin Academy at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena. Head coach John Fiorito was not with the team as his wife had given birth to the first Island baby of 2020 earlier that day.

Freshmen goaltender Sarah Hartenstine started and won her first varsity game in the net for the Vineyard. Fellow freshmen Paige Anderson and Alana Nevin put the Vineyard ahead by two goals as the defender and winger struck twice in the first six minutes of the game. Junior center Aryanna Stevens netted the Vineyard’s third goal in the second period.

Next up for the girls is a home game against the Sandwich Blue Knights on Wednesday. Puck drops at 4:15 p.m.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, boys hockey and the swim team were bested by Nantucket at home. On the ice, the Whalers outmuscled the Vineyarders as two quick goals in the second period became the difference in the game. Graham Stearns played courageously in net for the Vineyard as the home team stopped every power play they faced, however the Whalers held on to win 2-0.

Meanwhile, over at the YMCA pool, the swim team held their first home meet of the season against the Whalers. Nantucket was triumphant over the Vineyard as their girls won 100-37 and the boys won 88-49. Head coach Jonathan Chatinover said the Vineyard swam against their toughest opponent of the season and that Nantucket is one of the top teams in the state. The Whaler’s proved coach Chatinover’s point as they set six pool records and were only bested by Gabby Carr in the 100-meter backstroke.

Carr won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:06.48 and placed second in the 100-meter butterfly. The only other Vineyard girl to place was eighth-grader Olympia Hall who finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke.

For the boys, Ruairi Mullin had two second-place finishes in the 200 and 100-meter freestyles. Christian Flanders finished third in the 50-meter freestyle and eighth-grader Andre Carr finished third in the 100-meter backstroke.

On Monday, the swim team heads to Fall River to compete against Bishop Connolly. Then, on Thursday, the have another home meet against Sacred Heart starting at 3:15 p.m.