NBC Trains Television Spotlight On the Vineyard Football Team
Jack Shea

It’s show time.

No, not the NBC special on the Vineyard high school football team that will air nationally twice next month, though the Island football community got a kick out of NBC camera crews trailing every facet of practice, the locker room, then filming a solid 35-20 win over bulky Hull High School last Friday.

“Preseason’s over. The league starts on Friday,” said junior inside linebacker Cody Brewer while organizing his derby fishing gear on Saturday morning after the game.

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High School Principal Margaret Regan Will Resign at Close of School Year
Rachel Nava Rohr

Martha's Vineyard Regional High School principal Margaret (Peg) Regan quietly announced late last week that she will resign at the end of the school year.

Mrs. Regan submitted a letter of resignation to Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss on Friday.

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Vineyard Sports Teams Plunge Into Season
Jim Hickey

The Vineyarders and Whalers renewed their long rivalry on the soccer field this past week. The boys’ team traveled to the Grey Lady to turn back a hostile crowd and defeat a talented team, while the girls lost a tight yet ultimately frustrating game to the Whalers at home.

After defeating the Whalers last week, the boys’ golf team followed with an up-and-down week, beating Mashpee on the road, losing a nail-biter to Old Rochester at home and then winning a match at Sturgis.

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Vineyard Football Team Notches Second Win, Defeating Carver
Jim Hickey

The Vineyard football team passed its second test of the season on Saturday, defeating a dangerous opponent on the road in Carver High School by 14-0 to remain undefeated on the young season.

For the second week in a row, the Vineyarders found themselves locked in a tight battle to bitter end. After beating Old Rochester 7-0 in their home opener last week, the Vineyarders on Saturday again led only a single score going into the fourth quarter when Nick Viera scored on a 45-yard punt return to seal the win.

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Vineyard Starts With Win Over Old Rochester
Jim Hickey

It wasn’t a score-fest like Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets, but the regional high school football team’s 7-0 win over Old Rochester in the home opener Friday was equally impressive.

The Vineyarders’ defense shut down the potent Bulldogs attack, while the offense did not turn the ball over all game.

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Vineyarder Teams Quick Off the Marks With Wins and Strong Season Outlook
Jack Shea

With two wins already under their belt, the high school golf team is off to a fast start.

Anchored by Tony Grillo, arguably the best young golfer in the state, who recently won his second consecutive Massachusetts junior championship, many already are calling the team a lock to make the state tournament.

But in the match-play style of high school golf, even the most talented player cannot carry a team alone.

According to coach Doug DeBettencourt, young Grillo won’t have to.

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Football, Soccer, Field Hockey, Golf: Fall Sports Season Begins
Jim Hickey

As August heat gives way to the cooler temperatures of fall, so too changes the sporting landscape of the Vineyard.

In recent weeks, beach volleyball and recreational league softball have been replaced by high school football, cross country and field hockey. Eight teams compete in six sports during the fall high school sports season, more than any other season.

From back swings to forechecks to half-back options, the signs of autumn are everywhere.

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Vineyard Hockey Season Starts; Boys Win Two, Girls Lose One
Jim Hickey

In the start of what is expected to be another strong season, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School hockey team rolled over Mansfield at home Saturday 7-1 before taking down perennial power Whitman Hanson two days later 4-2.

The Vineyarders took eight shots on goal in the first period against Mansfield Saturday and connected three times as Jock Cooperrider, Elliot Bilzerian and Tad Gold all found the back of the net. Nick Billingham gave the home team a fourth goal in the second period, and the Vineyarders added three more in the final frame.

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Vineyard Football Takes a Hit from Amesbury
Jim Hickey

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team literally fumbled away the chance for a state championship on Saturday, turning the ball over four times in the first half en route to a 40-19 loss to Amesbury in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 3A Super Bowl at Bentley University.

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News Update: Saturday, December 6 - Vineyarders Lose Heartbreaker To Amesbury
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