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Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

The 1980s was a decade in which current teachers and parents of today's students captured the spotlight in both boy's and girl's basketball in the Cape & Island League. Boys were league champions in 1984 and 1985. Michael Joyce, now the head coach of the boy's varsity basketball team and biology teacher, played on both of those teams. In the 1980s, the girl's basketball team won a state championship and also captured several Cape & Island League titles. In football, The Island Cup was won, kept and lost several times under coach Tankard, but this decade was highlighted with our success on the hardwood by the boy's and girl's teams.


The Team That Never Passed. 1987 Boy's Basketball Team


1986 Cape & Island League Champions 14-3

Kneeling: Mike Debettencourt, James Jette, Jason Harris, Mike Joyce

Back row: Peggy Smith, Greg Couthino, Merril Langley, Bob Holt, Nathan Durawa, Stan Wojnowski, Nelson Oliver, Becca Baird, Rachel Baird


1985-86 Boy's Varsity Hockey

Started in the early 1980s, boy's hockey has become very successful, with several state championships to their credit. This photo is of one of the earliest teams, and features current physics teacher Dana Munn (top, second from left) and Tisbury School physical education teacher Kevan Nichols (front, center)


1981 Wrestling and Gymnastics Teams

By the early 1900s, MVRHS was able to support both a wrestling and gymnastics team, though both very short-lived. Both teams ended by 1987, supplanted by a growing interest in ice hockey.


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