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Cape League Opens ’21 Season This Weekend

By: Brad Joyal

The wait is down to the last couple days. For the first time since Aug. 9, 2019, when the Cotuit Kettleers defeated the Harwich Mariners to capture the Cape Cod Baseball League title, the top collegiate summer baseball league in the nation will return this weekend after the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. There will be a full slate of opening day games on Sunday, with all 10 of the league’s teams ret...

SOUTH YARMOUTH—Baseball dreams run deep for some kids on Cape Cod. Growing up watching future big-league ballplayers shine in the Cape Cod Baseball League, it’s easy for young boys to envision themselves running onto their local Cape League diamond to play the game they love in front of their families and friends. Kurt Thomas is no different. He has those same baseball dreams. Thomas first began imagining w...

SOUTH DENNIS – It isn’t always easy for new teammates to come together, especially when even the players who are familiar with each other haven’t played together for a couple years. Despite missing their 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Monomoy Regional High School boys tennis team benefited from the strong team chemistry the squad developed this spring. Although the Sharks dropped their final match of the sea...

YARMOUTH PORT – Jennie Grogan had an inkling that she might have a good day on the golf course when she visited the driving range to hit balls ahead of Monday’s Cape and Islands League individual golf championship at Kings Way Golf Club in Yarmouth Port. While the Monomoy Regional High School sophomore sensation could tell she had her A game at the driving range, Grogan became certain that she was playing well...

SANDWICH – The Nauset sailors had set up their boats and lugged all of their gear to their home at Orleans Yacht Club. It felt good to have all of the heavy lifting done, a difficult-but-necessary set of chores that needed to be completed before the Warriors could turn their attention to the 2020 season. And then Friday the 13th happened. The team still remembers it well. March 13, 2020. That was the day th...

HARWICH – Ask Amy Hinesley and Josie Ganshaw if their calculus teacher Mary Hemeon acts any differently when she’s interacting with them outside of the classroom as the girls track and field coach, and the two recent Monomoy Regional High School graduates will tell you she is pretty similar in both roles. Hemeon struggles to see it that way. That’s because she has 37 years of experience teaching mathematics...

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School girls tennis coach Bill Burke couldn’t have predicted how well his team would perform this spring. After all, Burke didn’t even know some of the players a couple months ago. “We had some players that I didn’t even know existed that came out for the team,” he said. “Some freshmen and some juniors that came out of nowhere and brought a lot of talent and a lot of spirit. Thi...

The schedule is set, the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and the countdown to the start of the Cape Cod Baseball League season is underway. The excitement surrounding the league’s return to play has been boiling for more than a year, and it’s finally almost time to play ball once again. “We’re very excited and very anxious to get back and open up the season this year,” said H...

FALMOUTH – It hasn’t been the easiest season for the Nauset Regional High School’s girls lacrosse team. The team’s head coach, Heather Stevens, had an idea that the team might experience some growing pains after a handful of seniors decided to opt out of playing after their entire junior season was canceled due to COVID-19. Although there have been struggles — the Warriors fell to 0-8 following Thursday’s 1...

HARWICH – Even though she’s only in eighth grade, Alana Lojko knew there was a good chance she would have the opportunity to pitch for Monomoy Regional High School’s varsity softball team this spring. She just had no idea she would pitch in every game. “I thought I would get breaks some games,” said Lojko. “I didn’t necessarily expect to pitch every single inning.” The right-handed pitcher from Dennis Po...

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 – The good times keep on rolling for the Nauset Regional High School baseball team. After getting off to a quick start in last Friday’s victory over Barnstable, Nauset needed to find a new way to stay unbeaten during Monday’s home test against St. John Paul II. The visiting Lions garnered three separate leads, though the Warriors managed to overcome them all. In the end, Nauset hung on for a 1...