Topics: School Sports

COVID-19 Ushers In New Era For High School Sports

By: Kat Szmit

Education isn’t the only thing that’s gotten a makeover due to COVID-19. So too have high school and middle school sports in the Monomoy and Nauset regional school districts. While athletics will take place, it will be in a very new way with a number of new rules that include not only players and coaches, but spectators, as well. Under the Monomoy plan, which follows guidelines set forth by the Massachusetts I...

Monomoy Schools Poised For Safe Reopening

By: Kat Szmit

Monomoy Regional High School’s new principal Jen Police and her staff are ready for the school hallways to once again be filled with the sounds of students engaged in learning come Sept. 14, though this year it won’t be quite as many, nor learning in quite the same way as they did in the days before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on Cape Cod. Only about half to two-thirds of the school’s 687 students will be in...

HARWICH – When Monomoy boys basketball coach Keith Arnold first considered stepping away from the sidelines, he decided to give the decision time. But as the months passed, Arnold recognized that although he loved the sport, it was time to put family first, especially his eight grandchildren. “The longer I thought about the future, the basketball part of it was always there, but it didn’t seem to have the same...

High School Sports Remain Mired In Uncertainty

By: Kat Szmit

Who’s up for some spring football? Though it might not be traditional, that’s what athletic directors around the state are looking at as they try planning high school sports schedules amidst the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Aug. 19, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) released its recommendations for school sports, which could include a fourth “floating season” tha...

Summer Baseball Set To Start In July

By: Kat Szmit

Local baseball players have something to look forward to. If all goes well, teams under the Baseball Clubs of Cape Cod and the Senior Babe Ruth organizations will start their seasons in July. Rosters for the Centerville Coyotes and the Lower Cape include a number of Monomoy and Nauset players. After the American Legion canceled its summer schedule on a national level, local baseball players were left wondering...

A Tribute To Spring Senior Athletes

By: Kat Szmit

Senior year is supposed to be filled with memorable milestones, from celebratory events to spring sports. But for high school seniors across the country, including those at Monomoy Regional High School, cancellations have been many and have included the spring season. Over the next few  weeks,  we recognize the MRHS seniors who missed out on a final season. To see this feature, see page 30 of our May 28 elec...

HARWICH – It was a moment Jamie Routhier won’t forget. It was the Monomoy Sharks first basketball overtime against Bourne in the MIAA Div. 3 South playoffs; they were trailing by two with seconds left. Teammate Elijah Beasley fed him the ball, all eyes watching as Routhier leapt, landing on his feet just as the ball went in, the crowd roaring. The irony? Routhier had been off leading up to that game, but the s...

CHATHAM – For Chatham resident and D-Y senior Mark Pawlina, football has been a lifelong passion. Recently, that passion gave a little something back when the Dolphin quarterback received a letter announcing that he’d been selected as one of just 33 student-athletes to be honored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. It was an award Pawlina might have seen comin...

Shortly after Governor Charlie Baker announced on April 21 that schools across the state would remain closed through the end of the academic year, Monomoy baseball catcher Sean Gould drove to Whitehouse Field, crouched down behind home plate, and held his arm out as if prepping for one more catch. It’s a catch that won’t be coming. On April 24, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) vote...

HARWICH – When Holly Evans first moved to Cape Cod from Virginia with her family as a kid, she’d never heard of field hockey, let alone considered playing the sport. Fast forward a few years and Evans has parlayed a stellar career at Monomoy Regional High School into a spot with the Bryn Mawr College Owls. Evans began playing the sport in middle school for Chatham when the program only had nine players. Evans ...

Student athletes across the state gave a cautiously optimistic cheer on Monday afternoon when it was announced that the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association approved a shortened spring season for all sports. The MIAA Board of Directors held a two-hour phone conference, voting 12-0, with one abstention, to hold a shortened spring season to begin upon the planned reopening of schools on May 4, at w...

HARWICH – The 2019-2020 season was a strong one for Monomoy sports and was capped off this week with the announcement that the Monomoy boys varsity basketball team won its second straight sportsmanship award from the IAABO. The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) announced the award on March 16, with the board voting to present the award to the program for its positive actions on...

FOXBORO – The music was pumping in the gymnasium at Foxboro High School on March 8, the air permeated with the floral scents of perfume and hairspray, fans staking their claim on seats in the rows of bleachers. It wasn't a game they were attending, but the Cheer Regionals featuring none other than the Monomoy Regional High School cheerleading squad. After more than five months of sideline spirit and energetic ...

EASTHAM/CHATHAM – Spencer Rushnak has something of a secret. When he first started playing soccer as a kid, he didn't like it. Then, as a freshman at Nauset Regional High School, Rushnak watched the 2016 team cap off an undefeated season with a state championship victory, and decided he wanted to do that, too. Fast forward a few years and Rushnak recently committed to continuing his career with the Roger Willi...

HARWICH – Tournament play brought out the best in the Monomoy boys varsity basketball team this week. The Sharks won their first round game against Old Rochester on Feb. 26 before their season came to a heartbreaking end to Jeremiah Burke on Feb. 28. After a stout defensive performance against Old Rochester last Wednesday, the Sharks entered the Div. 3 South Quarterfinals hot. But while Rochester was a tou...

HYANNIS – The Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs started their season with a tie and finished in the same way in their final game of the 2019-2020 season on Feb. 20, playing to a 1-1 tie with East Bridgewater. A smattering of fans came to check out the morning contest and weren't disappointed as the Monarchs made it clear from the first puck drop that they were making the most of their last game. After snagging the open...