Island Cup Game Canceled; Too Expensive for Nantucket
Jim Hickey

The weekend before Thanksgiving will be noticeably less festive on the Vineyard this year as school officials this week confirmed that the storied Island Cup football game with inter-Island rival Nantucket has been cancelled for the first time in almost 50 years.

Sandy Mincone, the new athletic director for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, told the Gazette this week that Nantucket pulled out of the long-standing tradition due to financial reasons.

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State Finals Beckon Travel Soccer Teams
Jim Hickey

The Vineyard yet again has several youth soccer teams excelling in the post-season, as the under-12 team heads to league finals, the under 14-team heads to semifinals and the under-16 team has already qualified for the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC).

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High School Tennis Falls to Third Seed Dover-Sherborn After a Solid Season
Jim Hickey

The regional high school boys’ tennis team fought valiantly on Wednesday in the second round of the Division 3 state tournament against number three seed Dover-Sherborn, but in the end fell to the defending South Sectional champions 4-1.

Despite the loss the Vineyard boys had a remarkable season, going 15-5 overall and advancing to the semifinals of the state tournament for the first time. Dover-Sherborn improved to 16-1 with the win.

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High School Runner Wins State Race

Capping off a stellar season, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School senior Mark Reppert captured the 800-metre run at the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 3 Track and Field Outdoor Championships held on Sunday at Ipswich High School.

The Vineyard girls’ track team finished 17th overall, while the boys’ team finished 20th.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Team Ends Dream Season With a Tough Loss to Powerful Hingham
Megan Dooley

The dream season for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls’ lacrosse team came to an end on Friday in a 12-8 loss to Hingham in the Division 2 South quarterfinals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament.

After defeating Oliver Ames on Wednesday, the Vineyard girls had advanced to the second round of the state tournament.

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News Update: Friday, May 29 - Winning Streak Ends for Vineyard Girls
The dream season for girls' lacrosse came to an end Friday on a muddy, rain-soaked field at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School against a powerful team from Hingham. The Hingham girls prevailed 11-8 in the second round of the state tournament. The Vineyard girls, who have been undefeated all season and had advanced to the second round with a solid win on Wednesday, could not get the job done before a cheering crowd on a soggy day.

“I couldn't be prouder of the kids. They've been terrific all season long.

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Unofficial Champs Take Game, Set, Match
Jim Hickey

The Vineyard boys’ tennis team this week earned a number three seed and a bye in the first round of the MIAA tournament, and will play at home on Monday; meanwhile the boys’ lacrosse team lost to Sandwich in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday.

The boys’ tennis team finished the season with a 14-4 record, and unofficially won the Eastern Athletic Conference with a league record of 7-1 — unofficial because the Vineyard does not become a full member of the conference until next year.

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Girls Advance in State Tournament
Jim Hickey

Although persistent drizzle made the playing field slippery on Wednesday, the undefeated Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls’ lacrosse team had no problems finding their footing, easily defeating lower-seeded Oliver Ames in the Division II sectionals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament to advance to the next round.

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News Update: Wednesday, May 27 - Vineyarders win again: Girls Lacrosse team powers into second round
The undefeated Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls lacrosse team defeated Oliver Ames at home on Wednesday by a final score of 8-3 in the first round of the Division II state tournament.

The game was especially physical and played in the rain on a wet and sometimes slippery field.

With the win, the number-one seeded Vineyarders advanced to the second round of the tournament, which will be played at home either Friday or Saturday.

Hayley Pierce led Vineyarders with three goals; while Sophie Lew and Laura Jernegan each had two goals.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Finishes First Undefeated Season in History
Jim Hickey

There aren’t many opportunities in life to achieve the elusive standard of perfection. And some people spend their whole lives trying. But as a wise man once said, “When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target.”

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