Brazilian Consul Challenges Students to Be Ambassadors

Can you guess the two biggest countries in the Western Hemisphere that were born around the same time, colonized by Europeans, share a history of slavery and indigenous people, and are both democracies? Here’s a hint: the largest community abroad of one of these countries lives here in New England.

Brazil and the United States may have more in common than you thought.

Brazilian Feast Mixes Taste to Take on Racism

Seating arrangements at school lunch tables often seem right out of the movies. Students have their designated tables, their designated tablemates; it may seem peculiar to outsiders but it is a constant in the students’ day. Just as some adults feel off when they don’t have their cup of coffee in the morning, students feel off if they’re not sitting in their regular desk in a classroom or with their regular group for lunch.

Old School: First Football Team, Fifty Years On

They haven’t played together in 50 years, but tonight the members of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s first football team will come together from as far away as Florida and as near as Oak Bluffs to attend a dinner at the high school before the Island Cup game tomorrow.

High school athletic director Mark McCarthy, whose late father was the coach of that team, has organized the event.

Feasting on Glory Days Past and Present

The Island’s oldest and youngest high school football teams met, not for a match but for a meal last Friday night at the school cafeteria. Nineteen members of the 1960 team met the 2010 team before the big Saturday game with Nantucket. Add to that six members of the 1960 cheerleaders, who also shared stories with the current squad.

Vineyard Raises Cup in Gripping Victory

On Saturday, after two years of frustration and delay, Nantucket finally came back across the Muskeget Channel and down the placard-lined mean streets of Oak Bluffs to rekindle a rivalry that, simply by geography, is unlike any other in sports. It was worth the wait.

Whalers Return Ready to Battle For Island Cup

The game is back. Every fall on the Island the leaves turn red and fall to the ground, scallopers take to Island ponds, and the V’s and W’s line up across from each other on the gridiron the week before Thanksgiving to add a new chapter to The Rivalry. Then, all of a sudden last year, they didn’t. The dead leaves might as well have clung to their branches. After the ensuing round of finger-pointing and resentment subsided the Game is back on the schedule.

Revving Up for the Return of the Rivals

The scouting reports are in and Whaler Pride is back. The last Nantucket team the Vineyard faced finished the season 0-10, capped by an embarrassing 43-22 Island Cup thrashing that saw Vineyard coach Don Herman pull most of his starters by halftime.

Slippery Pigskin No Detriment, Vineyarders Prevail in Mud Bowl

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team remains undefeated after a rainy, windy and sometimes sloppy Friday night home opener against South Shore Vocational Tech.

Senior standout Randall Jette followed his 192-yard, five-touchdown rushing performance against Coyle-Cassidy with his first passing touchdown of the season, a 19-yard laser to T.J. Vangervan to help seal the 20-6 victory. Strong rushing performances by Brian Montambault and Chris Costello put the game away on a night in which both teams struggled against the elements.

Coaching People Not Players Gives Don Herman 200 Wins

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football coach Don Herman expected his 200th win to be a private accomplishment. “I never mentioned anything to my players,” he said in an interview in his office at the high school on Wednesday. But last Thursday as the coach walked off the practice field he was amused to hear the team break from its huddle. “Two hundred!” they shouted.