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ORLEANS – The chairs started being placed on the hill overlooking Eldredge Park on Friday. Melanie Amerault and her son Ryan, year-round residents of Orleans, wanted to make sure their preferred spot was secure well before their beloved Orleans Firebirds returned to the field for their season opener against the Harwich Mariners two days later. “It fills up fast,” said the mother minutes after she and her son, ...

HANOVER – The Monomoy girls lacrosse team knew there was a chance it might run into a juggernaut. That is often the reality for Cape Cod high school teams when they cross the canal to play an off-Cape team come playoff time. No. 9 Monomoy suffered a 21-6 loss to eighth-seeded Hanover on Friday when the Sharks visited the Hawks in the first round of the Division 2 South sectional tournament. Monomoy finished it...

EAST BRIDGEWATER — What many expected to be a monumental day for the Monomoy Regional High School’s girls golf program ultimately turned out to be a bittersweet ending to a historic season. After posting a 12-0 record and capturing the Cape and Islands League title, the Sharks headed into the postseason as one of the state’s top teams to watch. A big part of Monomoy’s success has been because of Jennie Grogan,...

Cape League Opens ’21 Season This Weekend

By: Brad Joyal

The wait is down to the last couple days. For the first time since Aug. 9, 2019, when the Cotuit Kettleers defeated the Harwich Mariners 10-3 to capture the Cape Cod Baseball League title, the top collegiate summer baseball league in the nation will return this weekend after the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. There will be a full slate of opening day games on Sunday, with all 10 of the league’s team...

SOUTH YARMOUTH—Baseball dreams run deep for some kids on Cape Cod. Growing up watching future big-league ballplayers shine in the Cape Cod Baseball League, it’s easy for young boys to envision themselves running onto their local Cape League diamond to play the game they love in front of their families and friends. Kurt Thomas is no different. He has those same baseball dreams. Thomas first began imagining w...

SOUTH DENNIS – It isn’t always easy for new teammates to come together, especially when even the players who are familiar with each other haven’t played together for a couple years. Despite missing their 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Monomoy Regional High School boys tennis team benefited from the strong team chemistry the squad developed this spring. Although the Sharks dropped their final match of the sea...

YARMOUTH PORT – Jennie Grogan had an inkling that she might have a good day on the golf course when she visited the driving range to hit balls ahead of Monday’s Cape and Islands League individual golf championship at Kings Way Golf Club in Yarmouth Port. While the Monomoy Regional High School sophomore sensation could tell she had her A game at the driving range, Grogan became certain that she was playing well...

SANDWICH – The Nauset sailors had set up their boats and lugged all of their gear to their home at Orleans Yacht Club. It felt good to have all of the heavy lifting done, a difficult-but-necessary set of chores that needed to be completed before the Warriors could turn their attention to the 2020 season. And then Friday the 13th happened. The team still remembers it well. March 13, 2020. That was the day th...

HARWICH – Ask Amy Hinesley and Josie Ganshaw if their calculus teacher Mary Hemeon acts any differently when she’s interacting with them outside of the classroom as the girls track and field coach, and the two recent Monomoy Regional High School graduates will tell you she is pretty similar in both roles. Hemeon struggles to see it that way. That’s because she has 37 years of experience teaching mathematics...

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School girls tennis coach Bill Burke couldn’t have predicted how well his team would perform this spring. After all, Burke didn’t even know some of the players a couple months ago. “We had some players that I didn’t even know existed that came out for the team,” he said. “Some freshmen and some juniors that came out of nowhere and brought a lot of talent and a lot of spirit. Thi...

The schedule is set, the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and the countdown to the start of the Cape Cod Baseball League season is underway. The excitement surrounding the league’s return to play has been boiling for more than a year, and it’s finally almost time to play ball once again. “We’re very excited and very anxious to get back and open up the season this year,” said H...

FALMOUTH – It hasn’t been the easiest season for the Nauset Regional High School’s girls lacrosse team. The team’s head coach, Heather Stevens, had an idea that the team might experience some growing pains after a handful of seniors decided to opt out of playing after their entire junior season was canceled due to COVID-19. Although there have been struggles — the Warriors fell to 0-8 following Thursday’s 1...