Nauset Boys Basketball Coach McCarthy Collects 100th Career Victory

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: School Sports , Basketball

Nauset boys basketball coach John McCarthy earned his 100th career victory with a 64-57 victory over Plymouth South. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

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 100th career victory as a head coach Saturday after the Warriors earned a 64-57 victory over Plymouth South during the first round of the Winterfest Tournament hosted by Monomoy.

The feat was especially meaningful for McCarthy because he earned it with this year’s senior class — a group that includes his son, Jeffrey — which he began coaching when they were in third grade.

“It’s incredible,” said McCarthy, who is in his 10th year as coach. “To get to do it with this group of kids that I’ve been coaching since third grade … It’s been a long haul, 10 years [at Nauset]. To be around that long and average about 10 wins, which determines the tournament [qualifications] most years, I feel really good about it.”

McCarthy and Nauset improved to 16-3 following Monday’s 50-45 victory over Monomoy in the Winterfest Tournament championship.

After having to shuffle different players into the lineup at various points throughout the season, McCarthy said the Warriors are finally at full strength and have been approaching games as if they already began playing in the Division 2 state tournament.

“We’re all healthy, so we feel really good about what we can do,” McCarthy said after Monday’s win. “The message the last couple weeks has been to treat these last couple weeks like it’s the playoffs and to be ready to play and ready to execute.”

 

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