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In recent weeks, beach volleyball and recreational league softball have been replaced by high school football, cross country and field hockey.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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Super Bowl Road: Vineyard Plays Amesbury for Title Tomorrow
Jim Hickey

The juggernaut Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team continued its ascent toward a championship on Tuesday, easily defeating a talented team from Monument High School in South Boston in the state divisional playoffs to advance to a Super Bowl showdown against Amesbury tomorrow at Bentley University in Waltham.

Tomorrow’s Eastern Massachusetts Division 3A championship game kicks off at 1 p.m.

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News Update: 12/03 - Vineyarders Head to Superbowl

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team advances to the state Superbowl after an easy 42-14 win Tuesday against Monument High School from South Boston in the division 3A playoffs. The game was played at Taunton High School, with a large crowd of Vineyard fans in attendance.

The Vineyard will play Amesbury in the Superbowl this Saturday at Bentley University in Waltham.

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Vineyarders Dominate 2008 Island Cup
Jim Hickey

It was a cold day for Nantucket in more ways then one Saturday, as the surging Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team easily defeated the once mighty Whalers by a score of 43-22 in a game not nearly as close as the final score indicated to take the Island Cup for the sixth year in a row.

Vineyarders coach Donald Herman emptied his bench at the start of the second half and the Whalers got two touchdown passes late from quarterback Chris Welch to make the score respectable, but the outcome of the game was never in doubt.

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Vineyard Travels to Nantucket to Play for Storied Island Cup
Jim Hickey

The annual Island Cup game between the Vineyard and Nantucket football teams has long been a high-stakes affair, played to the bitter end for the right to dominate the world — or at least bragging rights between the two Island rivals.

And until six years ago the Whalers won the game on a regular basis. From 1993 to 1998 Nantucket won five out of six, and four in a row over the Vineyard.

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