Topics: Basketball

HARWICH – The Cape Cod Tech boys basketball team recently picked up some new hardware. On June 1, the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials’ Board 152 honored the Crusaders as the organization’s Sportsmanship Award recipient for the 2021-22 season. The Falmouth girls team received the organization’s girls award. “Our officials from IAABO Board 152 vote for those Cape school that demonst...

ORLEANS – You never forget the first time someone asks you to go to France. Beverly Fuller still remembers when her husband, Jon, asked when they first met in 1980. “ I said ‘Wow, this guy’s romantic. I need to get my passport,’” she recalled. “He said ‘It’s with the boys varsity basketball team.’ Not the romantic weekend I was thinking of.” But 42 years later, the Orleans couple is still using basketb...

HARWICH – Most of the Monomoy girls basketball players had never seen an atmosphere like it. Those who have hadn’t seen anything comparable since 2020, before COVID-19 altered the way games were able to be played on the court and watched from stands. Masks were optional for players, coaches and spectators alike during the 26 th -seeded Monomoy girls basketball team’s Division 4 state tournament preliminary-rou...

Athlete Of The Week: Melissa Velasquez

By: Brad Joyal

ARWICH – It was the type of performance the Monomoy girls basketball team had grown to expect out of Melissa Velasquez. Still, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Sharks. The junior guard from Harwich scored a career high 23 points to guide 26 th -seeded Monomoy to a 61-22 victory over No. 39 Blue Hills in the opening round of the Division 4 state tournament March 1 in Harwich. “It’s exciting to ...

NORTH EASTHAM – Most one-win basketball teams don’t end their season with cheers filling the gymnasium as the clock strikes zero and the season ends. This year’s Nauset girls basketball team isn’t like most teams, however. That was the scene last Thursday afternoon when the Warriors closed out their season with one final home game. Despite suffering a 72-48 loss to Bishop Fenwick, the Nauset players erupted in...

Athlete of the Week: Jordyn Streitmatter

By: Brad Joyal

NORTH EASTHAM – Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. They aren’t always the biggest or the strongest or even the oldest — as Jordyn Streitmatter has proven while playing for the Nauset girls basketball team this winter. Despite being just a sophomore, Streitmatter has been a key contributor for the Warriors this season. The Brewster resident looked mature beyond her years as she ran the team’s offense from...

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School boys basketball coach Dan Taylor only needed three words to describe how he felt about his players in the wake of Monday’s 50-45 loss to Nauset in the Winterfest Tournament championship at MRHS. “I’m so proud,” Taylor said minutes after the game ended. Even in defeat, there was plenty for Taylor and the Sharks to be happy about. The team overcame a sluggish start, as t...

HARWICH — It’s always special for teams or coaches to reach a milestone record. Sometimes those moments are even sweeter because of the people that played a role in making them happen. Nauset Regional High School boys basketball coach John McCarthy knows a thing or two about celebrating with loved ones. McCarthy earned his 100 th career victory as a head coach Saturday after the Warriors earned a 64-57 vic...

Athlete of the Week: Seth Asiimwe

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH — Although Nauset forward Seth Asiimwe finished with 18 points during the Nauset boys basketball team’s 50-45 victory over Monomoy on Monday, two points really stood out above the rest. Literally. Asiimwe’s loudest bucket of the night came during the second half when he threw down a thunderous right-handed slam dunk to finish off a breakaway that began with a steal near midcourt. Once he reached ...

HARWICH – Josh Wiggin is unapologetically energetic. His passion and energy are among the traits he said he inherited from his mom, Maureen, and they come out on the basketball court, especially when the Cape Cod Tech junior forward is having success. Wiggin was at his best — and most spirited — Feb. 3 when the Crusaders boys basketball team hosted Mayflower Athletic Conference rival Norfolk Aggie. Wiggin scor...

HARWICH – The game quickly went sideways for the Monomoy girls basketball team. It seemed as though the squad was destined for a lopsided loss when it hosted unbeaten Dennis-Yarmouth last Thursday night. But the Sharks didn’t waver when the Dolphins exploded for nearly a double-digit lead in the opening minutes. They regrouped and began making stops at the defensive end of the floor, where they forced turnover...

HARWICH – While the measure of a team’s success can often be traced to the scoreboard and standings, Cape Cod Tech girls basketball coach Chris Leonard is keenly aware of what his team is up against this winter. After missing out on last season completely due to COVID-19, the Crusaders are still making strides to return to full strength, a difficult but rewarding journey for a team comprised of mostly first-ye...

The dust has cleared and the starting points have been set. On Friday, Massachusetts high school basketball and hockey teams learned where they stand in terms of seeding for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s winter statewide postseason tournament, a new format the state introduced in the fall, when the MIAA released the first edition of its weekly power rankings for the winter season. ...

COHASSET – Monomoy boys basketball coach Dan Taylor wanted his team to be challenged this winter. The Sharks purposely beefed up their schedule to play a tougher slate of games, including Sunday evening’s non-league road test at Cohasset. Although the Sharks at times struggled to get their offense clicking in gear, there was little the team could do to slow down the Skippers at the defensive end of the floo...

Shorthanded Nauset Boys Basketball Falls To CCA

By: Brad Joyal

NORTH EASTHAM – Neither the Nauset nor Cape Cod Academy boys basketball teams were at full strength Monday night when they met for a highly-anticipated Cape and Islands League inter-division clash at Nauset Regional High School. The fact that both teams were shorthanded was a topic of conversation leading into the game, which ultimately led up to the hype all the way down until the final buzzer sounded and the...

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...