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There wasn’t much for Holly Mastronardi to build upon when she accepted the position to be Cape Cod Tech’s first full-time athletic trainer. After years of hiring emergency medical technicians or paramedics to work its games, Cape Tech made history in January when it hired Mastronardi, a Barnstable native and 2014 Barnstable High School graduate, as its first full-time athletic trainer in school history. “I...

Athlete Of The Week: Joe Malone

By: Brad Joyal

There was a palpable excitement radiating through the Monomoy boys tennis team Monday afternoon when the Sharks met at Monomoy Regional Middle School for their first practice of the spring. Senior co-captain Joe Malone said there is plenty to be excited about this year’s team, most notably the amount of leadership that will come from the eight seniors that make up half of the squad’s 16-person roster. “It h...

The details surrounding Nauset boys hockey coach Drew Locke’s mid-February firing are becoming more clear, after the Warriors’ season ended March 9 following a 7-1 loss to Lynnfield in the second round of the Division 3 state tournament. While Locke’s Hyannis-based attorney Bruce Bierhans said the coach is considering whether he will file charges against the school, Nauset hockey parents are growing increasing...

PEABODY – Even if the Nauset boys hockey team didn’t make it as far as it had hoped it would during the Division 3 state tournament, the Warriors’ seniors were still proud to help the program make strides beyond where it had been in recent years. That sense of accomplishment surrounded 13 th -seeded Nauset in the immediate aftermath of its season-ending 7-1 loss to fourth-seeded Lynnfield in a second-round mat...

Little by little, the Monomoy Regional High School winter cheerleading team performed portions of its routine during the school’s boys and girls home basketball games in Harwich. Despite fielding a young team comprised of many underclassmen, including freshmen and even eighth-graders, the team was able to master an entirely new — and more challenging, they say — routine between their own demanding practice sch...

Athlete of the Week: Pete Murphy

By: Brad Joyal

PEABODY – In a game that didn’t have many highlights for the Nauset boys hockey team, junior forward Pete Murphy still found a way to stand out. Although Murphy scored the only goal for 13 th -seeded Nauset during the team’s season-ending 7-1 loss to fourth-seeded Lynnfield in the second round of the Division 3 state tournament, the junior’s impressive play was hardly limited to his goal. It seemed like eve...

ORLEANS – The Nauset boys hockey team’s season was seconds from being over. Trailing by a goal in the final minute of Saturday’s Division 3 state tournament first-round matchup, Nauset sophomore Cam Connery scored for the 13 th -seeded Warriors with 32 seconds remaining to tie the game at 2 and force overtime against No. 20 North Middlesex. After eight minutes of scoreless 4-on-4 overtime, Nauset capitalize...

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...

ORLEANS – The Cape Cod Furies girls hockey team trailed for nearly all 45 minutes of their postseason game. The eighth-seeded Furies suffered a 1-0 loss to 25 th -seeded Reading on Saturday in the opening round of the Division 1 state tournament after senior Maddie Rzepka scored the Rockets’ lone goal just 39 seconds into the contest. The Furies created plenty of scoring chances in the remaining 44:21 of ac...

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 ...

For the first time since the middle of March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic halted the final weekend of the high school sports state tournament, winter sports teams from the Lower Cape are set to return to postseason play. The landscape will look a lot different than it did back then, however. Gone are the days of early-round matchups against regional opponents in sectional tournaments. In their place is ...

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...