Sports

Local Teams Await State Tournament Seedings

By: Brad Joyal

It’s that time of year that local high school sports teams have been working toward — and waiting for — all season. As the calendar turns from October to November, local teams turn their attention from regular season action to the postseason as they await the MIAA state tournament seedings to be released. Football and volleyball brackets were released Monday, with Cape Cod Tech’s girls volleyball team being th...

HARWICH — The Cape Cod Tech boys soccer team wasn’t happy at the end of its 5-3 loss to Monomoy on Thursday. Although the players were unsatisfied with the result, Crusaders coach Ivan Popov said there is still plenty for the team to be excited about. The team’s 13-3-2 regular season mark earned it a spot in the state’s vocational tournament semifinals against Westfield Tech at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Cape Tech. ...

Athlete Of The Week: Jack Martin

By: Brad Joyal

A year after he guided the Nauset boys golf team to the Division 2 state tournament after serving as the Warriors’ top player as a freshman, Jack Martin returned to this year’s state tournament as a sophomore. Although Martin, a Yarmouth resident, didn’t have the luxury of being joined by his Nauset teammates due to the Warriors failing to qualify as a team, the underclassman still performed well at the Divisi...

HARWICH – It all started during the week of practice leading up to the game. Following back-to-back road losses at Bourne and Holbrook, the Monomoy football team approached the last week of practice with a renewed sense of energy, commitment and focus. It paid off in a big way Friday night, when the team pulled away from Upper Cape Tech for a 28-8 victory in front of a festive homecoming crowd in Harwich. T...

BOURNE – The Cape Cod Tech girls volleyball team is hardly one-dimensional. The Crusaders have a plethora of strong servers and are capable of remaining steady when a match requires them to trade volleys for an extended period of time. Perhaps most importantly, the squad has the focus and hand-eye coordination that is necessary to stick with the ball and make plays when a volley breaks down into a scattered me...

NORTH EASTHAM – After playing shorthanded for much of the fall, the Nauset boys soccer team is finally feeling whole just in time for the state tournament. Sunday’s 5-0 victory over Nantucket demonstrated just how dominant the team can be when it is playing with a full roster, as the team improved to 12-2-1 after senior captain Nate Watring recorded a hat trick and goalkeeper Chase Lemieux, another senior, pit...

Athlete Of The Week: Quinn Connors

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – When the Monomoy football team needed a spark, junior Quinn Connors answered the call. And when the Sharks needed a big play to seal the deal, Connors delivered in the clutch. Connors played a key role in Monomoy’s 28-8 non-league victory over Upper Cape Tech on Friday night as he caught a 50-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring before sealing the win late in the fourth quarter with an interceptio...

It’s crunch time for local high school sports teams with state tournament aspirations. With just over a week remaining in the regular season for most high school sports, teams are beginning to learn whether they are in line to qualify for the state tournament and, if so, where they might be positioned in the seedings. Each week, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association releases power rankings ...

Athlete Of The Week: Samantha Clarke

By: Brad Joyal

It’s not often that freshmen are key contributors on varsity sports teams. For most programs, it’s juniors and seniors that carry the load of being the leaders and prominent players, while freshmen and sophomores may play smaller roles while waiting their turn to become an upperclassman. Monomoy freshman Samantha Clarke isn’t one to wait. After contributing during the Monomoy field hockey team’s run to last...

NORTH EASTHAM — It may be a sports cliché to try to get better each time you take the field, but that’s exactly the approach the Nauset field hockey team has adopted this season. With just two returning players from last year’s squad that fell to Grafton in overtime in the Round of 32 during last year’s Division 2 state tournament, the young Warriors are approaching this fall with the mindset of continuing to ...

BREWSTER – Not even windy and wet playing conditions could dampen the late Richard Costello’s spirit at the 26th edition of the Pals For Life Foundation’s golf outing. Since 1995, Pals For Life has raised funds to provide emergency financial assistance to local hospitality professionals who are sick or need financial support. The foundation was launched by Costello, the former owner of the Chatham Squire who d...

Athlete Of The Week: Amelia Stevens

By: Brad Joyal

NORTH EASTHAM – Amelia Stevens knows a thing or two about battling adversity. Not only has Stevens overcome obstacles on the field hockey field as a senior on the Nauset field hockey team, she’s done so while also worrying about her mom, Michelle, who has been batting stage 4 cancer in her lungs for the past four years. “It’s really hard because I never know what’s going to happen,” said Stevens, a Brewster re...