HARWICH ─ The Monomoy boys baseball team was slated to host Sturgis East in their final home game of the season. Instead, it became the game that wasn't, bringing to a close the team's 2017 season with a rainout and a laugh.
While not every team was rained out in their last games of the spring, most Monomoy teams wrapped things up recently, with a handful of exceptions. Members of the track team enjoyed a promising outing at States, while at press time, the girls golf team was teeing off in the South Sectionals and two other girls teams were poised for tournament play. Here's a look at what was, and what's to come.
Monomoy tried getting in their final game against East, but the weather simply wouldn't cooperate. Initially scheduled for Friday, the outing was moved to Monday morning with the hope that predicted rain would hold off until late in the day. No such luck.
As the Sharks gathered in the dugout, and then on the field for warm-ups, the rain that started as light continued falling more heavily, with visible puddles forming between first and second base. So, in one of the fastest “games” in high school history, the team's seniors – Christ Amezquita, Will Sosa, and Owen Cottle – were recognized in a special ceremony before the teams took their respective place along the first and third baselines. The Anthem was played, and then, in a blink, the Sharks and the Storm lined up for handshakes and high-fives.
Monomoy players handled the situation with style, joking about the game being “the best” as they bantered about how well everyone played. In truth, their 2017 season had highs and lows, with some difficult losses, but also some exciting victories, including those against Nantucket, Sacred Heart, Cape Tech, and Sturgis West.
Cottle, Sosa, and Amezquita each turned out stellar performances on the pitcher's mound and at bat, and were joined in some hard hits by Nathan Amaker, Kiernan Murphy, Eli Nickerson, and Logan Routhier, who also made one of the season's best catches against Cape Tech.
Next year will see the rise of the aforementioned team members, along with Jamie Routhier, Griffen Handler, Cam Archibald, Isaac Hart, the Van Sickle brothers, Owen and David, Matt Veary, Joe Cottle, and Sean Gould, with additional players likely to move up from the JV team. Here's hoping for much better weather.
In its first year as a varsity program, the Monomoy girls lacrosse team enjoyed a number of wins, and managed to hold its own even against seasoned teams like D-Y and Sacred Heart, showing marked improvement as the season advanced.
Under the tutelage of new head coach Jenn Peterson, who also coaches Monomoy girls soccer, the team progressed. With players such as Emma Mawn, Maura Blute, Jess Currie, Abby Wallace, Holly Evans, Kaitlyn and Alyssa Lyons, Izzy O'Donnell, Kelsey Olson, Maddy Rush, Lucy Ryan, and Maddy Flaherty on the roster, the team rose to defeat Cape Cod Academy and Sturgis East while finishing the year with a loss of just three points to rival D-Y.
“We played our game,” the team said following the outing.
That positive mindset saw the team through a season of growth and greater awareness of the nuances of the sport, not to mention the loss of a game that should have been a win when a goal wasn't called, giving the opponents victory in overtime.
With no seniors on the squad, and enough players to field a JV program, the future of Monomoy girls lacrosse is looking strong
After a chilly, wet, challenging season, two Monomoy athletes had solid performances in the recent state meet, proving that seeds are really just helpful statistics. Jon Frisbie, who earned his way to the tournament with an impressive javelin toss of nearly 140 feet, placed 11th overall in the event.
Meanwhile Tara Barry earned a personal best in the 400 hurdles that was almost two seconds faster than her previous. According to Monomoy track coach Justin Torrellas, Barry's previous best was around 1:15. Her new time was 1:13.19, far better than her initial seed time.
This season, the combined Monomoy/Cape Tech team's goal was to win the Cape and Islands League, competing for the title solely against Sturgis, with whom they competed in several meets. While the boys prevailed, defeating Sturgis in each meet, officials in charge, according to longtime coach Don Bates, decided there would be no title, perhaps because there were only two teams in the league.
Nonetheless, the Shark-Crusader combination proved powerful, with top performances on the girls side from Barry, Tori McCormack, Margo Dery, Jasmine Garcia, Josie Ganshaw, Caraline LaBelle, Aliyah Molokwu, and Caroline Davock, while shining for the boys was Tommy Graham, Steve Young, Ryan Schepman, Sharborne Carter, Gavin Viera, Ryan Meehan, Ben Thomas, Colby Jones, Aidan Melton, and the brothers Estinvil, Archer, Lorvens, and Lorvensky.
Both Bates and Torrellas were pleased with their teams' seasons, noting that though the teams will graduate a few seniors, the number of strong, upcoming competitors bodes well for the future.
It was a season that included key wins against Silver Lake, Cardinal Spellman, Falmouth, D-Y, and Nauset, and ended with a fourth-place finish in the South Sectionals for the Monomoy girls golf team, with Maddie Leonard advancing to the individual finals with a score of 90.
This year, following the team's win of the South title last season, the program saw an increase in popularity and numbers, which head coach John Anderson was pleased with. He also took pride in his top golfers, who include Maddie Leonard, Annie Howard, Caroline Howard, Jane Howard, Erin Smeltzer, and Delaney Agnes.
The Howard sisters recently factored heavily into Monomoy's defeat of Nauset, demonstrating that their years of match play in Cummaquid have sharpened their skills nicely. While Leonard is newer to the sport, Anderson noted that she took to it well and has become a formidable opponent. Agnes, who plays hockey for the Monarchs in the winter, bolsters the team with her enthusiasm.
Anderson said that after last year's success, his team was excited for another chance to play in the Sectionals, and added that with a total of 17 girls on the team, the 2018 season should be promising.
After going 17-2 overall this season and winning the Cape and Islands League handily, the Monomoy girls softball team is now the third seed in Div. 3 South. This afternoon (Thursday, June 1) the Sharks host the Upper Cape Tech Rams in the opening round of the South Sectionals, and as the No. 3 seed, stand a good chance of going deep.
This season saw the stellar Sharks, led by top pitcher Mollie Charest and backed by the strength of Eliza Hawthorne, Hannah Potter, Sam Barr, Carlee Tolley, Emma Thacher, Mackenzie Cardillo, Rachel Cardillo, Karley Marchese, and Julie Slade, defeat Nantucket, St. John Paul II, Barnstable, Martha's Vineyard, and Sandwich. Though they fell to D-Y, the Sharks held their own well, keeping the Dolphins to four runs between two games played.
The team's at-bats have been solid, as well, with a number of doubles, triples, and even a few home runs thrown in for good measure, with the Sharks working to perfect their short ball play by most recently executing excellent bunts against the Lions.
Head coach Stacy Yarnall is looking forward to seeing how far the team advances in the playoffs. Though she acknowledged the play will be more intense than the regular season, she feels her team has the opportunity to shine.
Joining the softball team in heading into the South Sectionals after a stellar season is Monomoy's girls tennis team, which earned a No. 4 seed in Div. 3 with a 13-3 overall record, along with a Cape and Islands League title.
Leading the way for the Sharks has been Carly Donovan, the team's No. 1 singles player, who proved instrumental in defeating teams such as Cape Cod Academy, Falmouth, D-Y, Sacred Heart, Sandwich, and St. John Paul II.
Joining Donovan in strong play this season was No. 2 singles player Dalia Pen, along with No. 3 singles player Lindsay Macdonald, while the doubles teams of Caty Street and Lauren Handel, and Julia Smith and Hannah Marty have also seen success.
The team's final match of the regular season came against Cape Cod Academy, with the Sharks prevailing 4-1. Wins were earned by Donovan, Macdonald, Street-Handel, and Smith-Marty, setting the team up for what could prove an exciting match against Marian this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Brooks Park.