Sports

SOUTH DENNIS – There are only a handful of “sure things” that high school athletes experience during their careers. In all likelihood, one of those things will be that the team will go through some changes between seasons. There is almost always a group of seniors who graduate and leave the team, and every so often a coaching change will take place and provide the players with a new leader to follow. Cape C...

A lot went through Connor Brickley’s mind when he took over as head coach of the Cape Cod Furies co-op girls hockey team featuring girls from Cape Cod Tech, Monomoy and Nauset Regional High Schools. Brickley thought about the style of play he wanted to implement, the coaches who would join him as assistants and short-term and long-term goals he had for the program. The first-year coach was plenty aware of t...

NORTH EASTHAM – It doesn’t matter whether the team is loaded with upperclassmen or comprised of inexperienced youngsters, there are certain responsibilities that come with playing for the Nauset girls basketball program. One of those responsibilities is being a good teammate and a good opponent, even after losses or during other moments of adversity. “This is really going to sound corny, but if you’re going...

Monomoy Regional Middle and High School students won’t be bouncing basketballs, shooting hockey pucks or participating in cheerleading — at least not this week — MRHS athletic director Karen Guillemette confirmed Monday morning. Guillemette said the pause will include every athletic program regardless of level, sport or gender, in addition to the schools’ other extracurricular activities. She noted the decisio...

Although 2021 provided unique, unprecedented and often challenging obstacles for many of the student-athletes, coaches and spectators across Lower Cape Cod, there were also celebratory moments of triumph and accomplishment that made this past year one that the local sports communities will cherish for decades to come. After much of Cape Cod’s sports landscape endured shutdowns throughout 2020 because of COVID-...

HYANNIS – The Cape Cod Tech boys basketball players are just beginning to feel that feeling they forgot. The Crusaders have been easing into their return to play after missing out on last season entirely once the Mayflower League decided to cancel winter sports a year ago. “We haven’t played in two years,” explained Cape Tech coach Brent Warren. “We didn’t play last year — we had a brand-new gym and we coul...

SOUTH DENNIS – It’s hard for athletes from two schools to come together to build a rapport under the umbrella of a co-op team. It’s even harder when the team finds itself shorthanded for lengthy stretches of play. Penalties proved costly for the Mashpee-Monomoy boys co-op hockey team Thursday afternoon, as Martha’s Vineyard spoiled its home opener at Tony Kent Arena after skating to a 5-1 victory over the Mona...

NORTH EASTHAM – Make your way to the Nauset Regional High School gymnasium some afternoon and you’ll likely stumble upon a flurry of activity. There’s a good chance you’ll bump into one of the Warriors boys or girls basketball teams, the school’s wrestling program or the winter cheerleading squad. While those teams break apart from one another to practice, there’s a different scene happening at the end of the ...

SANDWICH – The Nauset Regional High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams were eager to see some new faces after enduring last year’s unprecedented virtual format, which saw Cape and Islands League teams compete in the comfort of their own pools and then compare times with opponents to establish scores and determine winners. Saturday’s Cape and Islands League Relay Carnival had the feel of a reunion ...

HARWICH – All throughout the preseason, Monomoy’s first-year girls basketball coach Brian Tomasini has been preaching the importance of defense to the Sharks. His players took his message to heart during Friday’s season opener against Cape Cod Tech. At times, the visiting Crusaders struggled to advance the ball past mid court against the Sharks’ stifling press defense. The combination of Monomoy’s length, d...

HARWICH – The Monomoy Regional High School boys basketball team isn’t interested in backing down from any challenges. That’s why the team’s coach, Dan Taylor, was ecstatic to learn the Cape and Islands League’s schedule was going to include more matchups between its Atlantic and Lighthouse Divisions. Monomoy competes in the Lighthouse alongside schools with smaller enrollments, while many of the Cape schools w...

ORLEANS – A Christmas tradition returned to the streets of Orleans on Saturday. Approximately 140 people took part in the eighth annual Santa Stampede 5K road race hosted by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Most competitors were decked out in their holiday best — many dressed up in fun and festive costumes as they ran or walked the five-kilometer (3.1 miles) course, which weaved through hilly East Orleans neig...