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EAST HARWICH – There are a few guarantees that Kelly Nicholson can bank on each summer when he returns to manage the Orleans Firebirds. The longtime Firebirds skipper knows that he’ll experience busy days at the ballpark and rewarding moments that come after his players improve their craft. Nicholson can also rely on his players to ask about Marcus Stroman, the electrifying righthanded pitcher who starred f...

EAST HARWICH – Ian Happ had done his research. He studied up and even read “The Last Great League,” a 2001 book written by Jim Collins that encapsulates the magic and lore of the Cape Cod Baseball League. “This was it,” Happ said. “This was the place. This is where all the greats went.” Despite a strong freshman season at the University of Cincinnati, Happ didn’t have any guarantees when he first drove over...

Prepare the turkey, mash those potatoes and make sure to stuff enough stuffing…but don’t forget to enjoy some pigskin Thanksgiving morning. All three of the Lower Cape’s high school football teams will be in action Thursday morning when they close out their respective seasons with another edition of Thanksgiving football rivalries. Harwich will play host to two Thanksgiving games, as Cape Cod Tech (2-8) wil...

EAST HARWICH – Five former star players and a standout league executive were honored Sunday as the 2022 Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction class during a ceremony held at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Former Cotuit Kettleers Patrick Biondi and Justin Smoak, Brewster legend Billy Wagner, former Orleans star Marcus Stroman and Harwich favorite Ian Happ joined Steven Wilson as the six member induct...

MIDDLEBOROUGH – Even after losing last year’s starting goaltender Caroline Upson and leading goal scorer Caroline DiGiovanni to graduation, the Monomoy field hockey team still entered this fall with big expectations. With plenty of returning talent joining a first-year coach that many of the players were familiar with and thrilled about, the Sharks were reinvigorated and motivated to atone for last year’s Divi...

Athlete Of The Week: Ella Reeves

By: Brad Joyal

After suffering a 6-1 loss at Uxbridge during the regular season, the Monomoy field hockey team had an idea of what it could expect in a Division 4 state semifinal rematch. Defense was going to be paramount against the Spartans, who not only haven’t lost since 2019, but also cruised through the first few rounds of the state tournament en route to reaching Monomoy in the semifinal. Although Monomoy ultimatel...

Chatham Native Leah Nash Thriving On The Water At UW

By: Brad Joyal

College is routinely viewed as an opportunity to try new things. Students enroll in classes that will help them learn new ideas, they befriend people from various parts of the world and embrace a new environment that is, in many cases, a lot different from the one they grew up in. Leah Nash has embraced the opportunity to expand her horizons at the University of Washington. Although the 2021 Monomoy Regiona...

Monomoy Field Hockey Falls Short In State Semifinal

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – To understand the story of this year’s Monomoy field hockey team, you really need to go back to Nov. 16, 2021, when the Sharks’ climb came to a heartbreaking finish following a Division 4 state semifinals loss to Ipswich. Monomoy overcame a 2-0 deficit to force overtime before the game ultimately ended in a shootout. Although the team suffered a 3-2 loss, it was clear that the program was ascending a...

MELROSE – All season, the Nauset boys soccer team prided itself on starting games fast. The Warriors worked hard to score first so they could establish control on the scoreboard and force opponents to play catchup. It was No. 22 Nauset who was playing catchup Friday in a Division 2 state tournament second-round matchup at sixth-seeded Melrose. Amir Lahkiky gave the host Red Raiders an early lead after scoring ...

HARWICH – It was the sort of response Monomoy’s first-year coach Rob Sliney wanted. It just took a little bit for Sliney’s Sharks to get going. One week after suffering a 42-0 loss at Carver on Nov. 3, the Monomoy football team returned to its winning ways Thursday with a 39-6 victory over crosstown rival Cape Cod Tech at MRHS. Although the Sharks ultimately got back on track, it wasn’t without some lumps. ...

A Chatham tradition is set to return to form Thanksgiving morning as the family-friendly Turkey Trot will feature an in-person 5-kilometer walk or run for the first time since 2019, when COVID-19 forced the event to be held virtually the past two years. For the first time in its history, the Turkey Trot will be professionally timed as locals and visitors bond over the 3.1-mile course comprised of winding and r...

A pair of Nauset runners and a Monomoy standout have qualified for their respective cross-country state tournament meets after strong performances at the state qualifiers. Nauset junior William Crowell and sophomore Madeline Mahoney will represent the Warriors on Saturday in the Division 2 state championship in Fort Devens. Mahoney earned her spot with a third-place finish after posting a time of 19 minutes...