Sports

Athlete Of The Week: Jake Burnie

By: Brad Joyal

ARWICH – All last spring, Monomoy senior and Harwich resident Jake Burnie watched in frustration as his Monomoy boys lacrosse teammates struggled to score goals and win games against Cape and Islands League competition. However, this spring has been anything but frustrating for Burnie and the Sharks. After tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season practice ahead of last season, Burnie has bee...

HARWICH – It was about as good a first impression as a team could make. Pitching, hitting, fielding and running — the Monomoy baseball team did everything well during Monday’s lopsided 10-2 season-opening victory over Cape Cod Tech at Whitehouse Field at Monomoy Regional High School. “We made all the routine plays,” Monomoy coach Steve Porter said. “We hit the ball when it counted and we threw strikes when ...

CHATHAM – The only thing that can get rid of the taste of a bad loss is a bounce-back victory. Thankfully, the Monomoy girls tennis team didn’t have to wait long to rebound from its season-opening loss to St. John Paul II. Just one day after the JP II Lions handed Monomoy a 3-2 loss, the Sharks responded Friday with a 5-0 victory over Rising Tide at Monomoy Middle School, which both MRHS tennis teams have been...

NORTH EASTHAM – Cold and windy conditions are hardly the ideal environment for track and field athletes, particularly for a first meet of a season, when the athletes are still finding their footing and getting acclimated with the new season. Despite an abbreviated preseason and far from ideal conditions, the Nauset boys and girls outdoor track and field teams still saw plenty of impressive performances Thursda...

Athlete Of The Week: Andrew Clifford

By: Brad Joyal

After missing all of last season due to a sprained anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, Andrew Clifford didn’t want to waste his first taste of varsity baseball. The junior from Barnstable made the most of his big debut, contributing both at the plate and on the mound to help guide the Monomoy baseball team to a 10-2 victory over Cape Cod Tech on Monday during the season opener for both teams at Whitehouse ...

HARWICH – Coaches and players don’t always know what type of team they have right away. For some teams, it can take a couple games, or several weeks, to gain a firm understanding of their identity. The Monomoy boys tennis players don’t have to wait to meet St. John Paul II in its season opener Thursday at Monomoy Regional Middle School to learn what sort of group they are. The Sharks not only brought back ever...

NORTH EASTHAM – There is a different feeling around the Nauset girls lacrosse team than there was at this time last spring. Even after posting an 0-12 record last season, the Warriors remain hopeful about what they can accomplish this year. The optimism is tangible. The goals are clear. “We’re hoping to make it to the [state] tournament,” longtime Nauset coach Heather Stevens said. “That’s something that we...

Athletes from Monomoy and Nauset Regional High Schools were well represented when the Cape and Islands League recently announced its All-Stars for the winter sports season. Seniors Daniel Gould and Michael Rocco and freshman Finn Hyora were all named All-Stars as representatives for Monomoy’s boys basketball team, which was also named the Cape and Islands League Maritime Division Team Sportsmanship Award recip...

Athlete Of The Week: Brady Deschamps

By: Brad Joyal

Over the past couple years, Brady Deschamps has been one of Nauset’s best athletes while starring for the school’s girls soccer team as its goalkeeper between the pipes. After some time away from lacrosse, Deschamps, a Brewster resident, is returning to the field to close her high school experience out with one final season. “I think everybody’s really excited to be back,” Deschamps said after a recent prac...

Editor’s Note: In recognition of March being National Athletic Training Month, The Cape Cod Chronicle is publishing stories featuring each of the Lower Cape’s three high school trainers.   It’s one of the worst injury diagnoses an athlete could ever receive: a torn anterior cruciate ligament, also known as a torn ACL, or an athlete’s worst nightmare. Taylor Murray’s torn ACL diagnosis came during s...

EASTHAM - A lot has changed in the nearly two decades that have passed since Michele Pavlu joined the Nauset athletic department as its athletic trainer in 2003. Back then, Nauset’s athletic trainer was a part-time position, though Pavlu, a New Hampshire native who had recently graduated from Northeastern University, persuaded then-Nauset principal Tom Conrad to hire a trainer in a full-time capacity for the enti...

There wasn’t much for Holly Mastronardi to build upon when she accepted the position to be Cape Cod Tech’s first full-time athletic trainer. After years of hiring emergency medical technicians or paramedics to work its games, Cape Tech made history in January when it hired Mastronardi, a Barnstable native and 2014 Barnstable High School graduate, as its first full-time athletic trainer in school history. “I...