HARWICH — Only a handful of months have passed since Massachusetts held a first-of-its-kind spring football slate billed as the “Fall II” season featuring a six-game schedule. It was designed to provide seniors with their last high school football memories while also helping teams avoid a two-year layoff after the 2020 season was canceled entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it’s only been a little ...
NORTH EASTHAM – A little more than four months have passed since the Nauset football team suffered a 28-14 loss to Cape and Islands League rival Dennis-Yarmouth on April 23. That loss marked the end of the Warriors’ Fall II season — a first-of-kind campaign that teams play shorter seasons during March and April. While many praised the Fall II season because it gave high school seniors an opportunity to take th...
HARWICH – Freshmen players on the Cape Cod Tech football team are assigned white practice jerseys to signify they are new to the program, while players in the older grades wear maroon to indicate their status as returning players or upperclassmen. Stop by a Crusaders practice at the new high school in Harwich and you’ll spot a sea of white jerseys around the field. “That’s probably some of the most white je...
ORLEANS – The conditions for Arey’s Pond Boat Yard’s annual Cat Gathering are anything but consistent. Some years, the sailors taking part in the just-for-fun regatta are met with hardly any wind at all. Other years, Mother Nature presents them with blinding fog that make it difficult to enjoy the scenery — never mind actually navigate the course. The conditions weren’t a problem Saturday afternoon when 82 of ...
It feels like Kathryn Andreoli has come full circle. After spending much of her childhood visiting Harwich during the summer months, Andreoli, a Shrewsbury native, decided to stick around the Lower Cape as an instructional assistant and girls varsity field hockey coach at Monomoy Regional High School. “I’m really excited,” Andreoli said. “I love sports and love working with kids. This is just a brand-new op...
Avery Burns had big plans for this summer. The former star point guard for Nauset Regional High School’s girls basketball team joined one of the state’s top AAU programs — the Bay State Jaguars — in hopes she would have an opportunity to increase her recruiting profile as one of the top local prospects in the eyes of college coaches. That plan quickly fizzled. Just days after graduating from Nauset in June, Bu...
By: Brad Joyal
They came. They got vaccinated. They played. This summer the Cape Cod Baseball League faced a challenge it hadn’t seen since World War II: It had to come back and play a season following a summer without baseball. The Cape’s year-round residents and summer tourists packed the ballparks and the CCBL set new attendance records all summer long, beginning in June when the league’s five opening day crowds drew 1...
Lara Rouillard was visiting Brazil in early December 2020 when she discovered that longtime New England Patriots cheerleading coach Tracy Sormanti had died after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. The news was a blow for Rouillard, who first connected with Sormanti in 2019 when she reached out to the coach to learn more about the team’s tryouts. Rouillard tried out to be a Patriots cheerleader in 2019 ...
By: Brad Joyal
A trio of baseball players from Nauset Regional High School and another who spends his summers in Chatham helped the Team Cape Cod Senior Babe Ruth baseball team win the New England championship and advance to the Senior Babe Ruth 16-18U World Series tournament in Mobile, Ala. Recent Nauset graduates Kurt Thomas and Ethan Keeney, as well as rising senior Noah Clarke, were among the players to play for Team Cap...
By: Brad Joyal
Monomoy’s soccer program just got a little more serious. On Monday night, the South Coast Soccer League voted to accept the newly-formed Monomoy Youth Soccer program as a member of its league. Monomoy Youth Soccer was spearheaded by president Jason Laramee and vice president Jenn Peterson, who serves as the girls varsity coach at Monomoy Regional High School. “Although the rec departments offer some opportu...
HARWICH –There was one out in the ninth inning and the bases were loaded when the call was made. It was Game 2 of the Cape League’s East Division championship series, and Harwich closer Owen Coady was in the midst of battling Brewster’s No. 3 hitter, Zachary Neto, who fouled off the fourth and fifth pitches of his at-bat after the Mariners’ reliever from the University of Pennsylvania threw him a ball, followe...
By: Brad Joyal
HARWICH – The speculative whispers seemed to follow the Harwich Mariners wherever they played during the last week of the season. The folks hanging around the Cape League ballparks began wondering who might be named the league’s Most Valuable Player, and Harwich third baseman Brock Wilken’s name was among the few that seemed to enter every conversation. In the end, Wilken took home the prestigious hardware ...