Topics: School Sports

BUZZARDS BAY – A team doesn’t always need to be perfect in order to pass a test. Although the Dennis-Yarmouth/Cape Cod Tech/Cape Cod Academy boys co-op hockey team was unable to upend defending Division 4 state champion Sandwich in back-to-back games, the Dolphins proved they belong — and can hang with — the Bay State’s best. Just two days after suffering a 2-1 loss to Sandwich at the Tony Kent Arena, the D...

ORLEANS – It can be difficult for a team to settle into a penalty-filled game. The Cape Cod Furies hardly felt comfortable on Saturday when they suffered a 4-0 loss to Sandwich in a game that featured 12 penalties, with each team receiving six infractions. “In a game that’s kind of choppy like that, it’s really hard to find some rhythm,” first-year Furies coach Zach Wells said. “Especially when you’re fight...

If there was ever any doubt about the Nauset boys and girls swimming and diving programs’ place in the Cape and Islands League, the Warriors set the record straight over the weekend. Following victories over Sandwich on Jan. 26, both the boys and girls earned at least a share of the league’s regular-season titles. The boys finished 6-0 and won the boys title outright with their 86-77 win over Sandwich, whil...

SANDWICH — With limited senior leadership and a young roster, Nauset’s first-year girls basketball coach Jean Leyton expected this year’s Warriors team to experience some growing pains. Finding consistency has been an issue for Nauset, which overcame a double-digit second-half deficit in a 46-40 win over Barnstable on Jan. 17 before struggling to stick with Sandwich in a 58-26 loss three days later. “I feel...

The majority of high school sports teams starts their season with goals. Many teams aim to win their respective league title, while others set their goals higher and vie for a state tournament appearance. Although many coaches preach the importance of navigating their season with a “one game at a time” approach, local Lower Cape teams are beginning to see where they stand among their peers that are also workin...

NORTON – Nauset freshman Violet Roche didn’t have many expectations when she joined the school’s girls indoor track and field team. With no previous experience running track or cross-country, Roche, a Orleans resident, never expected that she’d quickly establish herself as one of the best indoor track and field athletes to ever come through Nauset. However, that’s exactly what has happened. Roche set a n...

HANOVER – The streak has been snapped. For the first couple weeks of the season, the Cape Cod Tech girls basketball team was among the best in the Mayflower Athletic Conference. During their streak, the Crusaders boasted a stingy defense and saw multiple girls contribute offensively to help the team open the season with a 5-0 record. Cape Tech’s pursuit of a perfect season was halted Friday when first-half ...

FALMOUTH – There was a brief period during the preseason that Cape Cod Tech boys basketball coach Brent Warren had the opportunity to see the full potential of his Crusaders squad. That potential hasn’t materialized — at least not yet — because one of the Crusaders’ best players, senior captain Lucas Gurski, has been sidelined since the first week of the season. Even with Gurski out of the lineup, Cape Tech...

NORTH EASTHAM – Nauset’s first-year boys basketball coach Kevin Harrigan knew this past week wasn’t going to be easy. With Cape and Islands League matchups with Cape Cod Academy and Martha’s Vineyard on the slate ahead of a non-league test against Plymouth North, Harrigan expected the Warriors would face one of their most challenging weeks yet. Although the week didn’t start how Harrigan hoped it would — Na...

Nauset Regional High School alumni and members of the Nauset basketball community are rallying around Anne Miller, the widow of former Nauset basketball coach Leo Miller, after her Pine Island, Fla. home was destroyed by Hurricane Ian in September. The Millers retired to Florida after devoting nearly 40 years to Cape Cod’s basketball community, specifically at Nauset, where Leo taught special education for 39 ...

ORLEANS – It’s not common that a team with 10 freshmen and two eighth-graders is viewed as being among the top best teams in the region. It’s even more rare for a team with that much youth to experience success under a first-year coach. Though it may be uncommon, that’s the story of the Cape Cod Furies, the girls co-op hockey program open to girls from Nauset, Monomoy and Cape Cod Tech. After posting a 13-5...

One of the characteristics Monomoy girls basketball coach Brian Tomasini likes most about his team is the players’ athleticism. With so many three-sport athletes, the Sharks boast a lineup of versatile girls who can handle various responsibilities. However, one downfall of having a team comprised of three-sport athletes is that it can take some time for those players to get into the full-swing of a new sport o...

EASTHAM –The connection and bond between the Nauset swimming and diving teams is easy to spot. Make your way to Willy’s Gym in Eastham for one of the Warriors’ home meets and their togetherness will be on full display. Although swimmers often attack their events with an individual focus and determination, they are never really alone as they make their way up and down their respective swimming lanes. Instead...

2022 Packed With Sports Thrills, Highlights

By: Brad Joyal

For many, the sight of the calendar turning to a new year often brings a sense of excitement and energy. As much as we were looking forward, the first few weeks of 2022 felt like a continuation of the two years that preceded it, as COVID-19 outbreaks forced area schools to pause their respective sports seasons, raising the question of whether this year would finally bring the “new normal” that had been promised t...

SOUTH DENNIS – With more than a dozen seniors on his roster, longtime coach Lew Alberti had a feeling that this year’s Dennis Yarmouth/Cape Cod Tech/Cape Cod Academy co-op boys hockey team might be a special group. Even with that inkling, Alberti didn’t know just how dominant his squad would be to start the season. Following a 10-3 thrashing of Assabet Valley to open the season, DY/CCT/CCA took care of Mashpee...

HARWICH – It’s not always easy for first-year coaches to ask players to do new things. It can be especially challenging when the players are seniors with years of experiencing working with certain systems and schedules. Cape Cod Tech’s new girls basketball coach Nick Conti has asked the girls to alter their habits while incorporating new ones — including practicing on Saturdays — this winter. The result has...