Heartwarming week for girls football
The Vineyarders won their regular season finale against Nantucket 6-1 on Saturday. It was also their seniors’ day, when the team celebrated their seniors by reading out explanations for everyone, and finished their last home game with all nine on the pitch. Coach Matthew Malowski said: “The team didn’t have a dry eye.”
Senior captains CJ Walsh and Josie Welch starred in the Vineyarders’ escape from the Whalers, as did junior Elena Giordano and freshman Emily Coogan. Walsh initiated the goal with an unassisted left footed shot from 20 yards out and Welch scored her goal on a run into the box with Emily Coogan assisting her at the near post. Coogan also scored two goals of his own, “nicely” assisted by junior Ali Dyke and newcomer Reese Malowski respectively. Eventually, Giordano Coogan matched with a brace of his own, finishing off a fantastic long ball from Emily’s twin sister Jane and another through ball from junior Paige Malowski, fresh off the DL.
On Friday, past and present Vineyarders showed their love for one another at the first annual Girls Soccer Alumni Game organized by Assistant Coach Cana Courtney. Twelve alumni were in attendance, as was first coach Jay Schofield, who of course coached the alumni team. Malowski explained: “It was a special night, with lots of laughter, no pulled hammies and several generations represented on this field under the Friday night lights.” The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with today’s players taking part in penalties won 4-3.
Girls soccer is playing its first playoff game in 20 years this weekend. Day, time and opponent should be determined in the next one to two days.
MVRHS sailor qualifies for nationals
Last weekend Senior Sam Riley competed in the Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Singlehanded National Championship, the Cressy Cup, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Riley is a full rig laser glider for trainer Andrew Burr’s crew and qualified for September’s competition by taking third place in the New England qualifier, the Healy Trophy, in Hyannis. The last time Coach Burr took one of his solo gliders to the Healy was in 2015, so both Burr and Riley are very proud of his accomplishment. The Cressy was a great experience for Sam, who didn’t come home with a trophy but did get a chance to compete with the best high school sailors in the country and explore the sailing facilities at Old Dominion, where he hopes to compete college next fall.
Vineyard golfers win Cape Cod Schoolboys’ Championship
On Thursday, two days after finishing second in the States, the Vineyarders played their true final tournament of the season at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. The annual competition usually takes place on the Friday before the Sectionals, but this year it was rained out and postponed to last week. The Vineyarders eventually won the 65th edition of the championship, beating 16 other teams from across the Cape in all divisions.
Senior Cam Napior led the way for MVRHS by shooting +3 over 18 holes, good for second best overall singles score. Senior captain Richie Combra shot a 79 or seven over par, and senior Liam Marek shot an 81. Coach Doug DeBettencourt said the win showed the strength of this year’s team considering the tournament structure featured three competitors per school and MVRHS without them was normal Nos. 2 and 3, Nick BenDavid and Jake Glasgow. DeBettencourt stated, “This was a team that rose to the occasion…I’m so impressed with the way they’ve competed and competed throughout the year.”
MVRHS field hockey ends the season on a high note
The Vineyarders played two games last week, winning 1-0 away to Sturgis East on Thursday and drawing 1-1 to Nantucket in the regular-season finals on Saturday. Senior striker Alana Nevin scored in the second quarter of her win, while defenders Vivi Hyland and Jocelyn Baliunas, along with goalkeeper Reese McCracken, made key saves down the goal line to hold them down defensively. The Nantucket game was their last night and overall a highly anticipated game. Coach Becky Nutton said Nantucket played really hard after the goal (scored by second forward Charlotte Scott), but the Vineyarders were able to equalize throughout.
Offensively, the Vineyarders had six penalty corners to the three Whalers and 11 shots on goal to their 16. Nellie Long and Sofia Balsas Fuentes put on “outstanding” performances in midfield for MVRHS and helped create attacking opportunities for the team. On defense, coach Nutton said junior goalie Reese McCracken “put in one of her best performances yet,” which included a high-risk but crucial tussle on the floor. Even though it was only a tie, the Vineyarders are still happy with the way they ended their season. Nutton stated, “Our eight seniors led the 2022 roster to a really strong finish, backed by a great roster of underclassmen looking forward to picking up where they left off next season.”