Shortened Football Season Ends With a Win
Steve Myrick
An inspired Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team ended its season with a victory last Friday night, taking a bit of the sting out of a season cut short.
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Roster Depleted, Vineyard Football Cancels Island Cup
Steve Myrick

Faced with injuries and disciplinary dismissals, the regional high school decided Thursday to forfeit the end of the varsity football season, including the Island Cup.

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Vineyarders Drive Hard, But Can't Overcome Carver
Steve Myrick

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team opened the season Friday night with a 27-14 home loss to Carver High School.

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Football Coach Looks to Fresh Perspective of Winning and Learning
Steve Myrick
The high school football team opens the season Friday evening at home against Carver. Ryan Kent, first-year coach, is looking forward to it.
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Mike McCarthy Signs Arena Football Contract

Former Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School quarterback Mike McCarthy has signed a contract with the New Hampshire Brigade.

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Lucas DeBettencourt Signs College Football Letter of Intent

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School senior Lucas DeBettencourt has signed a letter of intent to play football next year at Bentley University.

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Coach Bob Tankard Resigns After Decade on the Sidelines
Mike Kolleth
Robert Tankard is calling it quits af­ter eight years as head coach of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team.
 
News of his resignation, following a 27-14 loss to Nantucket Saturday, came as a shock to his players, football fans and the high school athletic de­partment.
 
“I’ve been thinking about it for quite awhile. My wife knew about it and so did my coaches,” Mr. Tankard told the Gazette Sunday. “It has noth­ing to do with our record this season or the game Saturday.
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Bob Tankard Means to Win In Work with Vineyard Youth
Elaine Lembo
Personal victories are what Bob Tankard cares about. He relies on them, he says, because they are messages that validate life and each person’s place on earth. Bob Tankard is the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football coach.
 
He’s got the winner’s attitude and it just won’t quit.
 
When Bob Tankard says “I have a firm belief” or when he says “I mean it, I really mean it,” he clenches black hands into tight fists and squeezes his dark, merry eyes shut.
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Island Football Rivalry Spans the Generations
Marcus Tonti
The record shows that in 1953, an informal team of Vineyarders played football against Nantucket High School, losing 33-20. A rematch the next year yielded a scoreless tie.
 
Five years later, in 1959, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School opened its doors, bringing together under one roof the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th-graders from all six Island towns.
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Dear Nantucket: You Owe Us $63.50 on the Cup
Mark Alan Lovewell

The Island Cup is a treasure shared by two Islands. Though tarnished, occasionally dropped and frequently squeezed, its sig­nificance has only increased. For 25 years the cup continues to be photographed, celebrated and cov­eted by athletes. And tomorrow, when Nantucket meets Martha’s Vineyard on the football gridiron, the cup is up for grabs again.

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