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A Look Back At The Stellar Summer Of 2017

By: Kat Szmit

The recent chill in the morning air and the low growl of school buses crawling along local streets can only mean one thing: summer is nearing an end. But before we officially bid it adieu, let's take one more look at all the fun that was had. Summer began, as it traditionally does, with the return of the Cape Cod Baseball League. In early June players began arriving across the region in time for opening day on...

HARWICH ─ It had been awhile since Ron Bonollo was on the sidelines of a field hockey game, but after seeing a posting for a new head coach at Monomoy High School, he found himself intrigued. When that same posting appeared again a few months later, he decided to go for it. “I said, 'You know what? I'm looking for a challenge and a system that really cares about field hockey,'” Bonollo said. “I'm going to ap...

HARWICH ─ To the players from the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, it's called football. To players on the Monomoy boys squad, it's soccer. No matter the name, however, on Aug. 25 when the two groups gathered at Monomoy Regional High for a scrimmage it was a chance to play a beloved game and carry on a unique tradition. Every two years players from RGS travel to the United States to face...

HARWICH ─ Riley Demanche and Jason Masiello spent their summer vacations like many high school student athletes, working and prepping for their respective sports, but they also took time out to attend an MIAA leadership conference they hope will further unify not only Monomoy's student-athletes, but the school's student body in general. The duo, Monomoy Regional High School's student MIAA Ambassadors, first ...

CHATHAM ─ When Tom Holliday realized after 41 years in baseball that he was best known as a college ball guy, he decided to stick with that label, which is why it suits the former Oklahoma State University head coach just fine that he'll be taking the reins as the new manager of the Chatham Anglers. “When (former head coach) John Schiffner told us mid-season that this would be his last, we knew a replacement...

CHATHAM ─ It all started in a hockey rink half an hour outside London, England when I was four years old. I had never seen anything like it. What happened between the boards captivated me. I loved the sound of skates slicing the ice, chaotic in the frenzy of push and shove. And the speed. They glided like dancers, graceful with an awareness of their surroundings that I could not comprehend. When my parent...

CHATHAM ─ John Schiffner might have moved on from his post as head coach of the Chatham Anglers, but that doesn't mean he's finished with baseball. Instead, he's taking his talents from the sandy shores of Cape Cod to the evergreen hills of Orono, Maine where he will serve as the assistant baseball coach for the UMaine Black Bears. According to Schiffner, he will be working with hitters and infielders, servi...

BREWSTER/ORLEANS ─ It all came down to one run. Unfortunately for the Orleans Firebirds, that run wasn't in their favor during the Cape League playoffs as it lifted the Brewster Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory that put them into the finals and in position to win their first CCBL Championship since 2000. The Firebirds' final game started out in promising fashion with the league-leading home team taking an early...

CHATHAM/ORLEANS ─ To every beginning there is an ending, and on Aug. 7, many days after the arrival of new players, the first pitch, and the first home game of the summer, the Chatham Anglers 2017 season drew to a bittersweet end when the Orleans Firebirds claimed a 3-1 victory in the playoffs. After the final out, the softly falling rain mingled with more than a few tears on the faces of fans as longtime he...

HARWICH ─ What do you do when it's your last home game of the 2017 Cape League season and you want to give fans something to celebrate? If you're the Harwich Mariners you groove to the music playing over the PA system, give the game your all, and come away with a 7-4 victory against Brewster. In his final appearance with the Mariners, top-notch hurler and Cape League All-Star Tyler Baum earned the win by thr...

HARWICH ─ There is an African proverb that says it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to the Monomoy High golf programs, it takes a community of dedicated duffers to ensure its ongoing success. From the WHGANY tournament to newly donated junior memberships there is resounding support for high school student athletes interested in hitting the links. When longtime golf enthusiast, Monomoy fan, and...

HARWICH ─ When you've got nothing to lose as the end of the Cape League season nears, it's good to have a little fun, which is just what the Harwich Mariners did this past weekend, though the team member having the most fun was probably Nick Dalesandro who started Sunday's game on the mound, and won it at the plate. Dalesandro, who spent the majority of his summer behind the catcher's mask for the Mariners, ...