Farewell—and Thanks—to a Coach

Don Herman brought Friday Night Lights to the Vineyard. Not the book or television series, or the cliche of how much a team means to a community.

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Final Home Game Is a Winner in Every Way for Coach Don Herman
Alex Elvin

On Friday night, Donald Herman stood cooly on the sidelines along with his players preparing for his final game after 28 years as head football coach on the Vineyard.

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Huddle Up, This Play Calls for Tears
Mollie Doyle
Donald Herman began coaching football on the Vineyard in 1988. This year will be his last as head coach, and during halftime at Friday night's homecoming game he will be honored by the football community, past and present.
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Vineyard Football Coach Receives Hall of Fame Honors
Ivy Ashe

Varsity football head coach Donald Herman will lead his final season this fall, but before that he has an award to pick up.

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McCarthy to Pass Along His Football Skills to Switzerland
Ivy Ashe
High school football alum Michael McCarthy recently signed a professional contract with the Geneva Seahawks.
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The Island Cup Stays Here; Vineyard Defeats Nantucket in Rivalry Game
Ivy Ashe
The rivalry game between the Vineyard and Nantucket football teams ended in victory for the Vineyarders, who defeated the Whalers 21-7 in a rough, penalty-filled game. Junior running back Jacob Cardoza scored two touchdowns.
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Sister Islands Go Toe to Toe for Gridiron Gold
Ivy Ashe

Call it Clean Slate Saturday. Anyone who has seen the Vineyard football team face off against rival Nantucket will say the same thing. Win-loss records don’t matter. It’s the Island Cup. The teams face off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the regional high school.

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Back When Coach Herman Was a Freshman
Mike Kolleth
The following was excerpted from an article written on Nov. 18, 1988 by Gazette reporter Mike Kolleth just before Coach Donald Herman’s first Island Cup Game.
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Soft Hands, Strong Arm Equal Big Payoff
Ivy Ashe
Junior Jacob Cardoza and senior Mike Mussell make a formidable combination on the high school varsity football team, Mussell's strong arm matched with Cardoza's athleticism and speed. This year Cardoza broke the school's single season record for receiving yards.
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Hard Loss for Soccer; Football on Roll

High school sports for the fall season are wrapping up. The football team is intent on going out with a bang as they defeated Bellingham on Friday. But it was a somber occasion for the boys’ soccer team, which ended its season with a loss in a hard-fought contest.

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