MAY 31: Members of the girls’ varsity tennis team celebrate their first postseason win and final home game of the season with victory cupcakes. The tennis teams here are always the last squads standing in the spring (see JUNE 4).
JUNE 1: Saturday was National Trails Day, which the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank celebrates with a Cross-Island Hike (this year it was from Katama to Lambert’s Cove). I could only do half of the hike because I had an afternoon assignment, but my friends walked all 20+ miles! The photo is of the far side of Sengekontacket Pond; on the horizon you can see the barrier beach that separates it from the Atlantic Ocean.
JUNE 2: Here’s one of my favorite things about working for a small newspaper on a small Island: this is Jack, the high school valedictorian–and tri-sport captain, and future Sharks baseball player (see JUNE 5). I photographed him during my first staff assignment for the paper (second photo down) and, because I cover high school sports, have been reporting on the various athletic accomplishments since then. And it was great to be able to pull everything together into the valedictorian profile, which ran this week.
JUNE 3: ABC Family has filming a “reality” show called The Vineyard here for the past several weeks, and every time we see the cast and crews out and about we try to go photograph them In Action. On Monday, they were out quahogging on Sengekontacket (for reference, this is the opposite side of the pond from that in Saturday’s photo).
JUNE 4: The boys’ varsity tennis team has lost exactly one match since June of 2011. They were undefeated and Massachusetts Division 3 state champions last year; the starting seven lineup has been the same for the past two years. It’s pretty impressive, to say the least.
JUNE 5: The high school baseball field is also the home of the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, a summer collegiate wooden-bat league. This year they did serious upgrades to the facilities, including new seats behind home plate (from Camden Yards, no less), and lights! The Sharks have never been able to play night games because of the lack of lights, which has hurt attendance, since during the day…everybody here wants to go the beach.
JUNE 6: Local duck eggs at Morning Glory Farm! I worked at Morning Glory eight years ago–as did my now-coworker Remy, as did several of the Island farmers who are just getting their businesses started. Cell phone photo.