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ORLEANS – Travis Honeyman had heard a lot about Cape Cod. In fact, there were times the Long Island native wondered if his Boston College teammates would ever pipe down about the Cape. “I had never been to the Cape in my entire life but all of my teammates from BC that are from Massachusetts would swear by it,” said Honeyman, an outfielder from Massapequa, N.Y. “They’d say it was the best place ever and all...

HARWICH — The Harwich Mariners’ record has hovered around .500 through the first couple weeks of the Cape League season, but the team hasn’t been entirely average. Look no further than Harwich’s pitching staff, which has three hurlers with sub-2.00 earned run averages. Included in that group is Jonathan Santucci, a 6-foot-2 lefty from Duke who has been stellar so far. Santucci, a native of Leominster, is on...

CHATHAM — Over 200 runners registered for the 41st annual Chatham Harbor Run 10k race on Sunday, June 26. After being absent for the past two years, the race provided a place for Massachusetts runners to come together and enjoy the day. The race, organized by the Cape Cod Athletic Club, raises money for the Monomoy Scholarship Fund and was won by Joe Bradshaw, who decided to do the race with his wife after rec...

Athlete Of The Week: Cy Nielson

By: Brad Joyal

CHATHAM — It’s no secret that the Cape League provides college baseball players with an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of Major League Baseball scouts. While that opportunity might rattle some ballplayers, others relish the chance to compete and don’t pay much mind to the scouts standing or sitting behind the backstop. For Chatham pitcher Cy Nielson, a 6-foot-3 lefty from Brigham Young Univer...

HARWICH — It was only a matter of time before Brock Wilken mashed his first home run of the summer. The moment finally came Monday night, when the coveted big-league prospect from Wake Forest launched an 0-1 breaking ball over the left field fence like a missile traveling through the night. After a successful college season in which Wilken hit .272 with 23 home runs and 77 RBIs, the 6-foot-4 third baseman f...

ORLEANS – Summer family trips to Cape Cod are a staple for many Massachusetts families. Being able to enjoy the beach, some baseball or mini golf make it a great place for a vacation getaway. Three Orleans Firebirds pitchers are getting the chance to relive those Cape memories, but this time as a part of a Cape League team. Orleans’ pitching trio of Alex Amalfi, Sam Conte and Ben Shields, who hail from Ashland...

BREWSTER – After sweeping the playoffs with four consecutive wins, the Brewster Whitecaps were crowned the Cape League’s 2021 champions. While the team is hoping to defend its title this summer, the Whitecaps’ focus at the start of the season has been finding the right team culture. Just like most teams at this early stage of the season, the Whitecaps are still waiting for some of their best players to arrive....

Athlete Of The Week: Nick Goodwin

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Nick Goodwin felt that he was due. In the end, he provided the Harwich Mariners with an early-season memory they’ll never forget. After striking out in his first three trips to the plate during the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against Hyannis, Goodwin lifted the Mariners to a 3-1 win after hitting a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. “It felt good,” said Goodwin,...

HARWICH – The Cape Cod Tech boys basketball team recently picked up some new hardware. On June 1, the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials’ Board 152 honored the Crusaders as the organization’s Sportsmanship Award recipient for the 2021-22 season. The Falmouth girls team received the organization’s girls award. “Our officials from IAABO Board 152 vote for those Cape school that demonst...

ORLEANS – Folding chairs lining Eldredge Park’s grassy hillside hours before the first pitch was thrown marked the first sign of Cape League baseball’s return to Orleans. The Firebirds faithful that arrived early were rewarded, as the team jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead against the visiting Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the first inning of Sunday’s season opener. Although the Firebirds and Red Sox ultimately f...

CHATHAM – Cape Cod baseball is back, but the Chatham Anglers are still waiting for some key contributors to arrive. The short-handed Anglers only mustered four hits in Sunday’s season opener, a 5-0 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers at Veterans Field. While the showing was not exactly what the team wanted, manager Tom Holliday said the roster is expecting reinforcements in the coming weeks as the majority of team...

HARWICH – It didn’t matter how far the fourth-seeded Monomoy girls tennis team advanced in the Division 4 state tournament, the team had already cemented itself as one of — if not the best — team in program history. Monomoy coach Bill Burke first recognized he had a great team when the group started preseason practices, and the players continued to impress their coach all the way until the state quarterfinals,...