Topics: Basketball

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Avery Burns had big plans for this summer. The former star point guard for Nauset Regional High School’s girls basketball team joined one of the state’s top AAU programs — the Bay State Jaguars — in hopes she would have an opportunity to increase her recruiting profile as one of the top local prospects in the eyes of college coaches. That plan quickly fizzled. Just days after graduating from Nauset in June, Bu...

Dave Whiteside was many things. A passionate fan of motorcycles, music and the beach. A former basketball star turned coach. And a loving father to his son Cameron and his daughter Carly. Although Whiteside died unexpectedly in late 2019 after dealing with complications of pneumonia, his legacy will live on through the Dave Whiteside Scholarship, which was recently awarded to its inaugural recipients, Makayla ...

NORTH EASTHAM – In a year full of uncertainty, a group of Nauset student athletes solidified their plans to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level during the athletic department’s 2021 signing ceremony held Monday afternoon inside the school auditorium. Of Nauset’s 17 signees, 14 attended the ceremony, which saw players take the stage to sign their national letters of intent and commitm...

Monomoy Boys Reach Final But Fall To CCA

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Even during normal times, high school basketball seasons quickly pass by for the players, coaches and officials involved. This year, considering all of the high school athletic seasons were shortened due to COVID-19, the basketball season seemed to go by especially fast. It even seemed quick for the teams that played the longest, such as the Monomoy boys basketball squad, which advanced all the way t...

Monomoy Girls Open Tournament With Statement Win

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School first-year girls basketball coach Bill O’Connell recognizes his team has been presented with many challenges this year, and he understands some of those challenges are unavoidable given the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coach has come to learn that Monday isn’t always his players’ best day of the week as they return to the floor following an off-day on Sunday. The...

Nauset Boys Bounce Back In Postseason Opener

By: Brad Joyal

NORTH EASTHAM—The Nauset Regional High School boys basketball team couldn’t have felt any more dejected leaving the gymnasium Friday night. Nothing went right for the Warriors, who ended the regular season with a 64-42 loss against a Sandwich squad that may prove to be the best team Cape Cod has to offer this year. “Tonight was a just a night where nothing was falling and we were just scrambling and running...

HARWICH — Even this year, when COVID-19 protocols have forced capacity restrictions, Senior Night remains a special game that motivates players to leave a little more on the court. The Monomoy Regional High School girls basketball team proved it was energized by the occasion when it celebrated its two seniors, Leah Nash and Maggie Dever, before its Cape and Islands League matchup against Lighthouse Division ri...

HARWICH - Bill O'Connell doesn't mind doing double duty. Though already head football coach at St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis, he recently signed on to become the new head basketball coach for Monomoy girls varsity basketball and is looking forward to leading the Sharks into a strong future. “It's a great school,” he said of Monomoy. “I've seen them play, having coached on the Cape. Some of the people...

Winter Sports Are A Go, With Modifications

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The modifications are many, but not enough to stop winter sports from happening, which comes as great news to student-athletes across the state and at the local level who are looking forward to starting their seasons on Dec. 14. In a roughly two-hour meeting on Nov. 20, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) held discussions and votes on the guidelines set forth by the Executiv...