Island Eleven Ends Its Best Season So Far
Vineyard Gazette
The Vineyarders closed out their most successful season to date with a sparkling 5-2 record, beating Nantucket, after beating them soundly the week before on the Vineyard. Gordon Bassett and John Bunker rushed the Nantucket quarterback, Vaughan Machado, in a second period pass play from the Nantucket 30. In a play described by Assistant Coach Francis Pachico as “The most unbelievable play of the year,” Machado threw the ball away, from about his own fifteen. Only he got turned around under pressure, and threw to his own goal line.
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Football Team Too Slow in Warm-Up
Vineyard Gazette
The Regional High School football team went down to its fourth defeat of the season Saturday in a game with Nantucket at War Veterans’ Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven. The score was 14 to 8.
 
Coach Dan McCarthy’s boys did not get themselves warmed up until the second half of the game, and by that time, Nantucket had already accumulated two touchdowns, one in the first quarter when Kevin Thurston ran 19 yards to pay dirt, and one in the second quarter when Larry Lema plunged over the Vineyard line from the 4-yard line.
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Nantucket All the Way
Vineyard Gazette
Having lost only one game out of six this season, the Nantucket High School football team came to Veterans Memorial Park Saturday and added still another victory to its record by defeating the Regional High School team 26 to 0. Nantucket’s power and experience accounted for everything, although neither of those qualities made any real showing until the final quarter, when the Nantucketers really got all gears meshing.
 
Up until then, the prospective winners were beset by fumbles and penalties, which nipped all but one scoring threat.
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Vineyard Loses Nantucket Heartbreaker
Scott Smith
 
As Vineyard coach Don Herman arrived at Nantucket’s football field carrying the Island Cup last Saturday, a couple of fans wearing Nantucket sweatshirts jokingly offered to take it from him. Coach Herman smiled politely, clutched the Cup a little tighter, and kept walking.
 
Nantucket’s team was finally able to wrest the Cup from the coach’s grasp, but it took all 40 minutes of the game to do so.
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Field Debate Intensifies as Both Sides Dig in Over Artificial Turf Proposal
Alex Elvin
Many Islanders this year have found themselves mired in a debate over the merits of grass versus artificial turf for the high school playing fields. Similar debates have played out across the country.
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Math Teacher Who Created Linguini Challenge Leaves High School
Heather Hamacek

A popular longtime math teacher at the high school has quietly changed jobs, citing health concerns from the poor condition of facilities at the high school.

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New Faces, More Students as Vineyard Heads Back to School
Heather Hamacek
Vineyard schools start up again on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The school system expects to welcome 2,158 students to the new year, slightly up from last year which saw 2,117 students in the six public schools. A total of 69 new staff members joined the school system.
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New Principal May Be New to the School, But Not the Island
Heather Hamacek
New high school principal Sara Dingledy will have her first official day with students on Tuesday, but over the summer she has been busy rolling up her sleeves at work and securing year-round housing on the Island for her family.
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Chilmark Sends High School Turf Plan to MVC for Review
Alex Elvin and Heather Hamacek
Following weeks of public debate over a plan to install artificial turf fields at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, the Chilmark selectmen on Tuesday voted to refer the project to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission for review.
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Undefeated Girls Head to State Championship
Mike Kotsopoulos
First year varsity tennis player Camilla Prata helped send the girls team to their second straight Division 3 state championship final with a big win at third singles on Monday afternoon at North Newton High School.
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