Topics: School Sports

SANDWICH – The future looks bright for the Monomoy Regional High School football program. That was one of the big takeaways from the Sharks’ 56-26 loss to St. John Paul on Thanksgiving Eve. Despite the end result, Monomoy’s players and coaches left the Sandwich Pop Warner field optimistic about what the future holds after yet another season that was impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most of that op...

NORTH EASTHAM — One of the more challenging seasons the Nauset football program has had to endure in recent memory ended with a 14-0 loss to visiting Dennis-Yarmouth on Thanksgiving morning at Nauset Regional High School in North Eastham. Like many teams based on the Cape, the Warriors struggled with their numbers this year and only had three seniors on their roster. Although the team finished with an 0-9 reco...

Bust out your ice skates, roll out some basketballs and get ready to make a splash, because winter high school sports are back on the Lower Cape. Local high school teams were allowed to open their winter sports tryouts and practices Monday afternoon, as teams reconvened for the first time since February. There will be one glaring difference between fall and winter sports, however: athletes and coaches will ...

Although the first-of-its-kind Fall II football team gave many Massachusetts high school football teams the opportunity to face their rivals in the spring, those meetings didn’t pack the same intensity and emotion as the Thanksgiving rivalry games that have been of the state’s high school sports traditions for more than a century. For the first time since 2019, Thanksgiving football returns to the Commonwealth...

NORWELL – The word “quit” wasn’t in the Monomoy field hockey team’s vocabulary. The Sharks were among the state’s most relentless teams this season. When they were faced with adversity, they would dig deep, dial up another level of intensity, and get themselves out of trouble. The team’s no-quit persona was on full display until the final game of the season. Despite overcoming a two-goal deficit against fou...

NORWELL—The Monomoy field hockey team’s magical run through the Division 4 state tournament ended Tuesday night at Norwell High School when the top-seeded Sharks suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to No. 4 Ipswich in the state semifinal. The back-and-forth contest was filled with plenty of drama — as Monomoy overcame a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, only for the teams to need two 10-minute overtime periods and a sho...

Monomoy Field Hockey Marches On To State Semifinals

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – All the Monomoy field hockey team needed was a spark to get going. For 45 minutes, the top-seeded Sharks’ offense was stagnant. The team created a handful of scoring chances against eighth-seeded Littleton during the first three quarters of Saturday’s Division 4 state tournament quarterfinal, but it wasn’t until a corner at the end of the third frame that Monomoy senior captain Caroline DiGiovanni sc...

SOUTH DENNIS – It’s not often that you see rivals train with each other during the offseason. For most sports, offseason training is done individually or with one’s team rather than opponents. That isn’t the norm anymore, however — at least not when it comes to girls basketball on Cape Cod. A group of a dozen girls basketball players from across the Cape have united a couple times each week throughout the fall...

HARWICH – Although the Monomoy field hockey team was unfamiliar with Southwick, the Sharks had reason to believe they would be tested by the Rams when the teams met Saturday afternoon in a Division 4 state tournament Round of 32 game at Monomoy Regional High School. No. 33 Southwick advanced to the Round of the 32 following a 4-1 victory over No. 32 Sturgis West, an outcome that led the Monomoy players to expe...

NORTH EASTHAM – Not every team is equipped to handle adversity. Some teams falter when their backs are up against the wall, while others view adversity as a challenge and dig a little bit deeper to overcome it. The Nauset boys soccer team is no stranger to hardship. Throughout the regular season, the Warriors proved they are capable of rebounding when they fall behind to opponents. No. 8 Nauset did it again...

NORTH EASTHAM – The night started with a celebration, but it ended in disappointment. Friday served as senior night for the Nauset football and cheerleading programs as both teams celebrated their seniors before the Warriors hosted Carver on the gridiron. Although the visiting Crusaders left Nauset with a 35-14 victory, it still was a celebratory occasion for the football team’s three seniors — Ashton Nicho...

NORTH EASTHAM – Around this time a year ago, the Nauset girls soccer team lost a golden opportunity. The Warriors had captured the Cape and Islands League title and appeared primed for a deep postseason run. However, it wasn’t even an option. After missing out on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association postseason tournament a year ago due to COVID-19 cancelling the entire year’s slate of stat...

HARWICH – There’s something about the term “rebuilding year” that just didn’t sit well with Monomoy boys soccer coach Keith Clark. Clark knew the Sharks were going to field a relatively young lineup this fall, but he still didn’t want any labels to define what his team could accomplish this season. “People wanted to call this year a rebuilding year but I didn’t want to have that mentality — I thought we sho...

A new era of Massachusetts high school playoffs is upon us. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is set to debut its new statewide power rating system, which was designed in an effort to fairly seed teams in the postseason. The power rating system relies on a formula that uses three variables — win/loss, margin of victory and strength of schedule — and produces ratings unique to each team. ...

BREWSTER – There’s something mystical about the sound of a baseball whooshing across home plate and the thud it creates once it reaches a catcher’s mitt. There’s also something magical about the sound of a bat striking a ball and a dugout full of ballplayers rooting their teammates on. Cape Cod remains a perfect destination for baseball in the fall — even if it requires players to sacrifice themselves to cool ...

WAYLAND – The thought of securing a spot in the Division 2 sectional tournament and then performing well enough to be one of the three teams from the sectional district to advance to the state championship wasn’t on Nauset boys golf coach Brian Hicks’ radar when the Warriors first met for practice in August. “If you had told me at the start of the year that we were going to be 14-4 and make it out of the secti...