Island Cup Goes Back to Nantucket; Whalers Snap Losing Streak

After 12 consecutive Island Cup victories, the Vineyarders gave up the trophy to the Nantucket Whalers. Final score: 42-0.

Island Cup Runneth Over for Football Fans on Vineyard and Nantucket

Anything can happen at the Island Cup. The rivalry game between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket is Saturday on the Vineyard. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Coach Bob Tankard Resigns After Decade on the Sidelines

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.

Bob Tankard Means to Win In Work with Vineyard Youth

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.

Nantucket Defeats Vineyard In an Island Football Brawl

In what referees, coaches and spec­tators agreed was one of the dirtiest football games seen here in a long time, Nantucket High School toppled Mar­tha’s Vineyard 27-14 Saturday.
 
Referees kept warm in the wind-chilled weather by walking off more than two football fields worth of pen­alties between the arch rivals who fought physically and verbally from the opening whistle to the final tick of the clock.
 
“What they should have done was stopped the game early to cool down both teams or just started kicking play­ers off the field,” Vineyard coach R

Island Football Rivalry Spans the Generations

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.

Dear Nantucket: You Owe Us $63.50 on the Cup

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.

Spirited Footballers Suffer Narrow Loss

The memories of last Saturday will be tough to erase: the Nantucket Whal­ers, with coach Vito Capizzo on their shoulders, hoisting the Island Cup for all the Vineyard to see. The visitors cel­ebrating a 7-6 victory that took the Cup, the league championship, a slot in the Division 5 Super Bowl, and Mr. Capizzo’s 200th career triumph. “Right in your back yard!” a Nan­tucket player screams. “We took it away from you right in your back yard.”
 
What will make this memory so hard to forget is how close it came to being the other way.

Vito Capizzo, a Nantucket Legend

As a 10-year-old boy in Sicily, Vito Capizzo was a sporting heretic. He never liked soccer, the sports obsession of his birth country. “Never liked it,” said the Nantucket football coach.
 
And 56 years since his arrival in America, after more than 40 years coaching high school football, Mr.

Fabled Island Cup Comes Home in Record Win

You could hear the crowd rumbling on Saturday before the ferry carrying the high school football team, fresh from its 47-22 win over Nantucket in the annual Island Cup, had even docked in Vineyard Haven.
 
Like a parade welcoming a conquering army, about 200 residents had staked out the Steamship Authority wharf, ready to shower the team in adoration following the Vineyarders’ fourth consecutive Island Cup victory over Nantucket.

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