PLAYING TOGETHER: the 1990'S
During the 1990's, Martha's Vineyard Regional High had a handful of successful sports teams. Football was a big part of this success under the guidance of new coach, Donald Herman, who took over the program in 1988. Five state championships would follow, four of which were in the 90s (1991, 1992, 1997, 1999), with two of those years marked by an undefeated season. Track and field won top honors in 1998 for the first time. Likewise, boy's hockey brought home their first state title at the close of the decade. Other sports were also added to the athletic program including cross country ('95), girl's lacrosse ('97) and boy's lcrosse ('98).
1998 Boy's Lacrosse
The girl's lacrosse team was established in 1997, shortly followed by the boy's lacrosse team (1998). Today, it is one of the most popular sports at the high school.
1992 Albie Robinson on Channel 4 News
Known as "one for the ages," the famed 1992 Nantucket game featured a Vineyard team that hadn't won in Nantucket for 20 years, not since Ron Brown and his 1972 Vineyarders. With less than five minutes, and down 12-0, the Vineyard orchestrated the Comeback, ending in a touchdown by wide receiver Albie Robinson, and extra points by Mike Dowd. Albie Robinson is being interviewed about his outstanding catch in the '92 Nantucket game by Channel 4 News.
Photo Courtesy of Albie Robinson
1998 Ben Higgins at the High Jump
The 1990s closed with a uniquely talented Track and Field team, coached by Joe Schroeder, that took a state championship in 1998. Ben Higgins, Joel Graves and Michael Laverty formed the nucleus of team that captured both a state title and a decathlon in 1997. Ben Higgins still holds the state record for the long jump, as well as the school records for the long jump, triple jump, 100 m, 400 m and decathlon.
1998 Girl's Lacrosse Team Win the Nectar Cup
In just their second year, the girl's lacrosse team took the Nectar Cup, which was sponsored by Nantucket Nectars and served as another component to the Island rivalry.