Sports

HARWICH – All throughout the preseason, Monomoy’s first-year girls basketball coach Brian Tomasini has been preaching the importance of defense to the Sharks. His players took his message to heart during Friday’s season opener against Cape Cod Tech. At times, the visiting Crusaders struggled to advance the ball past mid court against the Sharks’ stifling press defense. The combination of Monomoy’s length, d...

HARWICH – The Monomoy Regional High School boys basketball team isn’t interested in backing down from any challenges. That’s why the team’s coach, Dan Taylor, was ecstatic to learn the Cape and Islands League’s schedule was going to include more matchups between its Atlantic and Lighthouse Divisions. Monomoy competes in the Lighthouse alongside schools with smaller enrollments, while many of the Cape schools w...

ORLEANS – A Christmas tradition returned to the streets of Orleans on Saturday. Approximately 140 people took part in the eighth annual Santa Stampede 5K road race hosted by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Most competitors were decked out in their holiday best — many dressed up in fun and festive costumes as they ran or walked the five-kilometer (3.1 miles) course, which weaved through hilly East Orleans neig...

ORLEANS – Cape Cod’s hockey landscape just gained a lot more credibility. And Lower Cape hockey players don’t have to look too far to see it. The Cape Cod Furies co-op hockey team began a new era last week when the team began its preseason practices at the Charles Moore Arena in Orleans. Not only are the Furies beginning a new season, they are doing so with new leadership: Connor Brickley has taken over for Ad...

HARWICH – So often success is measured by wins and losses, the scores teams tally and the records they hold. While the Monomoy boys and girls cross-country teams both experienced successful seasons on the course, their accomplishments weren’t limited to windy paths amid wooded terrain. Members of both Sharks teams also shined in the classroom in addition to being strong leaders during Cape and Islands League c...

SANDWICH – The future looks bright for the Monomoy Regional High School football program. That was one of the big takeaways from the Sharks’ 56-26 loss to St. John Paul on Thanksgiving Eve. Despite the end result, Monomoy’s players and coaches left the Sandwich Pop Warner field optimistic about what the future holds after yet another season that was impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most of that op...

NORTH EASTHAM — One of the more challenging seasons the Nauset football program has had to endure in recent memory ended with a 14-0 loss to visiting Dennis-Yarmouth on Thanksgiving morning at Nauset Regional High School in North Eastham. Like many teams based on the Cape, the Warriors struggled with their numbers this year and only had three seniors on their roster. Although the team finished with an 0-9 reco...

Bust out your ice skates, roll out some basketballs and get ready to make a splash, because winter high school sports are back on the Lower Cape. Local high school teams were allowed to open their winter sports tryouts and practices Monday afternoon, as teams reconvened for the first time since February. There will be one glaring difference between fall and winter sports, however: athletes and coaches will ...

Although the first-of-its-kind Fall II football team gave many Massachusetts high school football teams the opportunity to face their rivals in the spring, those meetings didn’t pack the same intensity and emotion as the Thanksgiving rivalry games that have been of the state’s high school sports traditions for more than a century. For the first time since 2019, Thanksgiving football returns to the Commonwealth...

The Cape and Islands League recently released its All-Star selections for non-football fall sports, and Monomoy and Nauset student-athletes were well represented among those honored. Nauset had 20 fall athletes receive All-Star honors while Monomoy had 16. Nauset’s picks included a Most Valuable Player, and both teams had players receive co-MVP honors in addition to taking home honorable mention and sportsmans...

NORWELL – The word “quit” wasn’t in the Monomoy field hockey team’s vocabulary. The Sharks were among the state’s most relentless teams this season. When they were faced with adversity, they would dig deep, dial up another level of intensity, and get themselves out of trouble. The team’s no-quit persona was on full display until the final game of the season. Despite overcoming a two-goal deficit against fou...

NORWELL—The Monomoy field hockey team’s magical run through the Division 4 state tournament ended Tuesday night at Norwell High School when the top-seeded Sharks suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to No. 4 Ipswich in the state semifinal. The back-and-forth contest was filled with plenty of drama — as Monomoy overcame a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, only for the teams to need two 10-minute overtime periods and a sho...